This is our Penstemon mensarum seed crop. The color is true colbalt blue and it literally seems to glow it is so bright and vivid! Originally, we had ugly yellow caution tape all around the planting, hence the steel fence posts in the photo, as a way to deter the deer from eating the plant. That is a very ugly, but completely effective, way to manage deer. Now, though, Chris is using rotten egg spray to keep the 4-leggeds from eating the seed crops. They don’t like the taste, and who can blame them, so they opt for eating the pasture grass instead. Works great… and it is much nicer to see these beautiful flowers without yellow caution tape all around them!
The seed will be hand-picked in late summer when it is fully mature. In the meantime, we get to enjoy these gorgeous flowers every day for many days until they fade and transform themselves into seeds.
It is interesting to observe that only the native pollinators, like bumble bees, are pollinating the Penstemons. The honey bees that live on the farm don’t seem to be very intersted in this plant. They are very interested, however, in all the oriental poppies that I have in the whilte rabbit garden. I’m enjoying watching all the pollinators we have on the farm and what plants they favor as their first choices for a hearty meal.