August Blooms and Bees

Olivia DrakeAugust 17, 20184min
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Wesleyan’s campus is home to hundreds of flowers, shrubs, and trees that bloom throughout the summer. Pictured is a sampling of August’s blooms. (Photos by Olivia Drake)

A bee lands on a wild sunflower’s head in the West College Courtyard.┬áThe courtyard features more than 40 shrubs, dozens of fruit trees, two rain gardens, a rainwater catchment system, multiple woodchip pathways, three seating areas, a compost area, and hundreds of perennials that draw birds, insects, and other wildlife.

Swamp milkweed grows in abundance near West College.
Swamp milkweed grows in abundance near West College.
A hummingbird moth takes nectar from phlox near the Hewitt residence halls.
Limelight hydrangeas bloom in abundance near Judd Hall.
A bounty of black-eyed Susans grow near Olin Library.
A bounty of black-eyed Susans grows near Olin Library.
Salvia grows in the West College Courtyard.
A mint plant overlooks Clark Hall.
Red roses grow near the Office of Continuing Studies/Graduate Liberal Studies.
Red roses grow near the Office of Continuing Studies/Graduate Liberal Studies.
North of the Van Vleck Observatory, patches of black-eyed Susans line a pathway and sitting area.
A bumblebee collects pollen from a beebalm flower.
A bumblebee collects pollen from a bee balm flower in the West College Courtyard.
A pink spiraea shrub blooms near North College.
A pink spirea shrub blooms near North College.
A bumblebee collects pollen from a purple coneflower near the Center for the Americas.
Lush lavender covers the landscape near Usdan University Center.
A black spider wasp samples swamp milkweed near West College.