At the request of GCG, Cumming Garden Club members participated in pollinator counts on August 23 and 24. Georgia was the first state to do a census.
Bees on Sedum
Swallowtail on Fennel
Swallowtail on Butterfly Bush
Late Spring photo by Chuck Baumrucker
Summer photo by Shirley Puch
Summer photo by Betty Smith
Fall photo by Sherry Brownlee
Wright’s Viburnum (Viburnum wrightii)
Native to Japan, but naturalized in North America, this Viburnum is perfect for a woodland setting. It is a medium-sized deciduous shrub with green, dentate leaves that turn an impressive red in fall. Plants develop a fine multi-stemmed, mounded form reaching 6-10' tall when mature. Creamy-white, flattened rounded flower clusters appear in late spring followed by waxy scarlet fruit in autumn. It should be planted in full sun to light shade, and is easily increased by cuttings or seeds.
Submitted by and grown in the garden of Sherry Brownlee.
Planted in a bog garden below Sherry's pond, this Carolina birds-in-a-nest is a rare native perennial of the Carolinas and Georgia that requires moist to wet soil and makes a lovely groundcover over time. Tubular pink flower clusters with purple and white stripes occur at stem tips above opposite, pointed oval leaves.
A volunteer along Sherry’s driveway, this wildflower is commonly called Whorled Tickseed because opposite sessile leaves are divided into 3 leaflets that make the plant appear to have whorls of 6 leaves. Yellow daisy-like, unnotched 2-inch flowers with bright yellow center disks top long flower stalks having several leaf ‘whorls’.
Grown at the base of a power pole near driveway turnaround, Rattlesnake Weed is a member of the Hawkweed family. The plant was reputed to relieve the effects of venomous snake bites. Yellow blossoms occur at the end of several long, rambling, wiry stems. The rosette of basal leaves are distinctly red-veined. Sherry collected several of these plants from the wild.
Grown at base of Sherry's pond cascade (waterfall), Foamflower is a moisture loving perennial that can be found in abundance along the mountain streams and waterfalls of North Georgia. Deeply lobed leaves have bright green margins with dark purple centers. Star shaped white puffs with pink tips appear in spring.
Grown in filtered shade in a fragrance garden, Monkshood is an herbaceous wildflower that can be found growing in mountain meadows throughout the northern hemisphere. The plant gets its name from the shape of the posterior sepal of the flowers, which resembles the cowls worn by monks. Violet blue flower spikes over dark green foliage similar to geranium leaves.
Grown below the dam of Sherry's fish pond, along with other moisture loving plants, Fragrant Ladies Tresses is an easy-to-grow native orchid with flowers that open in the fall to release a delightful vanilla scent. Bright white flowers are arranged on the stalk as intertwined double spirals. Lance-like foliage rises from a basal rosette.