Heating up the wildlife garden

Fossil Gardens is settling into the hot session of summer. This weekend, temperatures danced around 100. The plants and insects were busy doing their plant and insect things. The back corner of the original prairie garden (planted 2005) is maturing nicely. Coneflower, big bluestem, rudbeckia, milkweed and my favorite: cup plant (in the foreground) are doing well. The hot temps are no bother. Lots of pollinators in action. I have observed a variety of bees, wasps, flies and butterflies visiting the flowers. The small house structure (in the background) is called a bee house. It is meant to provide nesting sites for native wood-boring bees, which are crucial pollinators.