There’s been so much rain this spring, I haven’t had many chances to see bees yet. But in honor of Pollinator Week, I’m sharing some of my favorite photos of bees, butterflies, and moths from gardens past:

spiderwort pollinator - bee


autumn joy sedum pollinator - bee
“Autumn joy” sedum


allium pollinator - moth


sunflower pollinators - bees


new england aster pollinator - moth
New England aster


butterflyweed pollinator - monarch butterfly
Fittingly, a monarch enjoying the butterflyweed


bee balm pollinator - bumblebee
Likewise, a bumblebee climbing into bee balm


Our beautiful white peonies with flecks of magenta − “festiva maxima” − grew quickly this year.

festiva maxima peony in bloom

They were nearly as tall as I am, but before we could get a picture to compare, we’ve had storm after storm for days. Lots of rain, rain, and more rain − but the wind really took its toll.

rain-soaked peonies

This was the first year we had planned ahead and set up a support cage, which worked well until the weekend. Now, all of the stems except one are bent at the top of the cage. Next year, we’ll need to find a taller one.

wind-blown peonies bent to the ground

Plant source: They came with the house

Whether from all of the rain this spring of from or simply being a year older, many of our flowers are significantly bigger than last year. Quadrupled in size since 2013, in some cases.

Snowdrop anemone: 2013 vs. 2014. This plant has a new location this year.

snowdrop anemone comparison: 2013 vs. 2014

Columbine: 2013 vs. 2014. The garden in the background has expanded, but this plant is in the same location as last year.

columbine comparison: 2013 vs. 2014

Iris: 2013 vs. 2014. This is the biggest of four iris clumps. We didn’t divide them at the end of last summer, like we have in previous years.

iris comparison: 2013 vs. 2014

Plant sources: Linder’s (snow anemone), Bachman’s (columbine), Roseville Arboretum plant sale (iris)