I came across some tips to think about assisting one of nature's most productive and necessary insects: the honey bee. I would give credit where credit is due, but I'm not sure who gave these tips.
1. Choose flowers that produce nectar and pollen such as sunflowers, daisies, cosmos, zinnias, dahlias, foxglove, asters, marigolds, hyacinths, hollyhocks, corcuses, and geraniums. (My personal recommendation is Anise hyssop Agastache sp.)
2. Go easy on hybrid flowers. They are usually hybridized for certain characteristics such as color or flower form- not for nectar or pollen.
3. Blue, purple, orange and yellow flowers are most attractive to honey bees.
4. Provide successive blooming over the seasons.
5. Plant patches of flowers in close proximity to each other.
6. DON'T USE PESTICIDES! They are broad-spectrum and can kill the honey bee.
7. Don't water plants from above. It dilutes the pollen and nectar.
8. Bees are most active in the morning.
Thursday, March 29, 2012
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Our original speaker had a scheduling conflict. Please note we are having a date and location change. The meeting will be on March 17th at 9 a.m. We will be meeting at Leilani's home for a presentation on Landscape Design Principles followed by a garden tour. It's St. Patrick's Day, so wear your green or you may get pinched!:) It'll be a fun themed meeting. See ya'll there!
Since it’s St. Patrick’s Day let’s make it a fun meeting by wearing green (hats, vests, ties, etc.) and have Irish snacks to go along with the theme (if possible). Scones, Irish soda bread, bit of Irish cheesecake, or Irish cream cheesecake, are some desserts that come to mind. I will be happy to help with the snacks.
Come this Saturday and of course BE GREEN!