Spring Blossoms and Pollination


Today’s garden lesson was all about the blossoms- what is a flower, why do they blossom and who the heck cares?

A colorful and fragrant flower, aside from a great byproduct of being alive, is a signal a plant gives a pollinator- it is communicating that it is ready to to offer its nectar and pollen in exchange for pollination.  A plant must move the pollen from the male part of the plant (the stamen) to the female part (the pistil) in order for the plant to create viable offspring (seeds).  Sound familiar? 😉

Bees, hummingbirds, butterflies, moths, flies, and other creatures are attracted by the sweet nectar and bright colors and while collecting food for themselves- they inadvertently spread the pollen from flower to flower.  I brought in some flowering hollyhocks to demonstrate some fertilized seeds.  We collected a big pile of seeds- spreading some in the garden and taking some home.  The kids then had a chance to roam the garden with magnifying glasses to peer into all the spring blossoms. 

Jessica Brown

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