Backyard Wilderness Blog
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When Chicory, Queen Anne's Lace, Sowthistle and Bullthistle begin blooming along the highways and byways of Vermont you know it is "high summer." On June 21, during the time of the summer solstice, (the day with the most hours of daylight in the northern hemisphere,) and for a few days afterward, there are more plants and flowers blooming than at any other time of the year. It is a pollinator's paradise!
The value of pesticide and herbicide-free natural settings with wildflowers to the insect world, and by extension bird life and humans, too, becomes apparent in these photos. Above is shown a bumblebee on Bullthistle. Left, a honeybee collects pollen from a Chicory blossom, and below, a field of Sowthistle and Queen Anne's Lace draws a number of insects, including this Syrphid Hoverfly.
Queen Anne's Lace, or Daucus carota, (left,) flowering in July and August, is cousin to the same carrots grown in vegetable gardens. Its white, lacy blossoms are easily recognized, presenting themselves along almost every country road in the northeastern United States.