Botanical Wednesday: Bees and flowers go well together

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  1. roxchix says

    Not a good idea. With a goal of a hundred million seeds distributed across the country, they certainly aren’t regionally appropriate native seeds. Better to just pay a couple of bucks for the right seeds for your area, and your local native bees.

  2. archangelospumoni says

    Become a beekeeper. It’s about the only good thing I do for the place besides my oath never to vote for a Republican.

    You can get started for well under a grand, less if you are willing to put together some of the housing.

  3. Tethys says

    I’ve already got a yard full of bee food. I live on a small urban lot, and luckily few of my neighbors are into having perfect weed free lawns or have them sprayed for weeds every month. My native bee population has soared since I started providing habitat by making bundles of old stems and stalks and permanently placing them in areas where they get at least a couple hours of good south light and a bit of protection from the elements. Raspberry and viburnum canes are much appreciated by the tiny mason bees. They remove the spongy pith and live in the cavities, they don’t sting, and they are very effective pollinators with minimal requirement to thrive.

    I also let some plants like balsam, black-eyed susan, penstemon, and coneflowers sow themselves in ever larger parts of my yard. The bumblebees especially love the balsam.