Today my dad and I went back to Winthrop to meet with the people who will maintain the garden in the future. I was excited to see how my native perennials survived the winter, and I thought I would write one more update about what happened after my Gold Award interview back in July.
The garden continued to grow and flourish throughout the summer and into the fall. Here’s a picture of what it looked like by late August. The plants on the perimeter are wildflowers that die every year, but most of the plants are native perennials that will come back every spring. As you can see, they are well established, and even after our cold winter, I was glad to see that some of them are already budding! (Sorry I forgot to take a picture today, but I am confident it will look like this again soon.)
Over the fall and winter, there wasn’t much to do. But in January, we got to harvest the cocoons from the bee block! We unraveled the paper straws from the holes, and we found a lot of dirt and about 30 cocoons. After a bath in bleach water, the cocoons have been hibernating in my fridge. Today I gave them to Chris Johnson, the Winthrop Sustainability Coordinator. His students will release them in a few weeks.
I am excited to have followed the mason bees for an entire life cycle, and I am glad to know that my garden will continue to be a habitat that supports native pollinators. Thanks so much for following along on this journey with me!