We are rounding out Pollinator Week, and what a week it has been! June is always an incredibly busy month here at NCF with field work keeping us moving in all directions. I can’t stress this enough: Junes on Nantucket are beautiful. They are filled to the brim with blooms of all sizes, colors, & shapes. If you haven’t been out walking any of our trails, do yourself a favor before the heat of the summer sets in. In the mean time, we’ve collected some pictures from our busy travels of some native pollinators and the flowers they are buzzing for right now!
The wetlands of Windswept Bog and Stump Pond have been filled with Slender Blue Flag Iris (Iris versicolor). The bogs that were once used to cultivate millions of cranberries provide wet soils that these showy irises prefer. A whole bog filled with purple is quite the sight!
Speaking of Cranberry Bogs, the cultivated vines at Milestone Cranberry Bog are sending out flowers! The bees are very happy and we hope that these flowers get well pollinated so they turn into millions of Cranberry for harvest in October.