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May 14, 2012 / Rae Spencer

New Flowers in the Yard

Buy two, get one free at the garden store! I’m delighted with our new speedwell, coneflower, and phlox.

Last week’s daisies are thriving, drawing new pollinators into the yard. I would love some help identifying this fly. Or is it a bee? Maybe some kind of wasp? Any ideas?


  1. jean / May 14 2012 6:57 PM

    Rae, I picture your yard as large and bountiful, full of life as a royal botanical garden

    • Rae Spencer / May 14 2012 7:28 PM

      Actually, it’s small and kind of crowded. 🙂 I would love to have a true botanical garden, complete with a sunflower maze and topiary!

  2. Gillian / May 14 2012 7:12 PM

    Looks like a hover fly to me….they are also known as syrphids, and many of them resemble bees and wasps in order to deter predators. They are completely harmless, however, and are extremely beneficial as pollinators. Here are some that I’ve photographed in Ottawa: .

    Your garden looks very beautiful!

    • Rae Spencer / May 14 2012 7:24 PM

      Thank you! Your hover fly photos are wonderful.

  3. bardessdmdenton / May 22 2012 1:22 PM

    Flowers always bring such a delight to the senses!

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