This work week continued in a Clifton Park property that’s added extensive habitat garden space over the summer. Many native plants for butterflies have been introduced, especially in this featured photo, which will one day be referred to by neighborhood children as, “Butterfly Land.” Here we see the quintessential Monarch habitat plant: Swamp Milkweed or Asclepias incarnata, and Joe Pye Weed, Eupatorium purpurea, which is a beloved plant to many butterfly species. When this space, which was previously an ignored ally behind the hot tub, develops into all it’s glory it will become a butterfly hotspot corridor.

96 individual June-bearing Strawberries were planted here, in the freshly established edible garden space. Previously this space was filled with weeds, as the Strawberries run and fill in the entire space we will have a maintenance free ground cover that will produce delicious, healthy fruit. The birds and the kids will love the berry patch.

Here is some orange Milkweed, Asclepias tuberosa, more June-bearing Strawberry and Blue Lobelia.

We’re making the most of shady spaces too, with lots of native plants including Cardinal Flower (Lobelia cardinales) and Foamflower (Tiarella cordifolia).