Summer In The Valley – Part 1

Every season at Spring Valley Nature Center in Schaumburg has something special to offer and summertime means, amongst many other things, flowers. The new garden by the Visitors Center is flourishing with all kinds of plants that attract butterflies and bees.

The wealth and variety of wildflowers in the prairie areas is simply astounding! This doesn’t come without a lot of work on the part of the Nature Center’s dedicated staff, I’m sure. And they have done a magnificent job.

There was, however, one cause for concern. Even with all these lovely flowers, there were very few butterflies. By this time I would have expected to see monarchs, swallowtails and cabbage whites fluttering about all over the place. This may change in a week or two. I hope so.

20 thoughts on “Summer In The Valley – Part 1

    • Thank you, Marianne! Sadly, butterfly numbers continue to decrease every year. I don’t know if it’s due mainly to pesticides or loss of habitat. I was pleased to see that there were plenty of bees about though.

      • It seems to be the world over that insects are on the decline…it is very worrisome. Pleased that your saw plenty of bees…that’s very heartening.

  1. Wonderful pictures, but I share your concern. I’m amazed how many plants I’m seeing that ‘should’ be covered in butterflies but are not, including a huge buddleia yesterday.

    • This downward trend in butterfly numbers is certainly worrisome. Our garden is full of enticing flowers, including buddleia and milkweed, but other than cabbage whites, I could probably count on one hand the number of times I’ve seen another species.

    • Thank you, Ashley! Hoping to see more when they start migrating south but if all these flowers don’t attract them on the way up, I’m not sure that we’ll see them in any numbers later on.

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