24 Jul 2010

Marigold and poppy companions

With the 'Black Magic' sunflowers.

'Black Magic' sunflower.

This is the plot in the middle of the vegetable garden in which the 'Black Magic' sunflowers are growing. This plot is filled with marigolds, bordered with red poppy, and has those sunflowers in the middle in two groups of three.

Poppies, marigolds and sunflowers.
The red poppies do an amazing job of attracting hover flies. The adult hover flies feed on nectar and pollen, and so aid pollination in the garden; and their larvae feed on aphids and other plant-sucking insects. I like the way a hover fly will stop mid-air, right in front of your face, and check you out.

Hoverflies on red poppy flower.
Hoverflies on red poppy flowers.

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