It still feels like summer at Clay and Limestone and there are only hints of autumn's fullness in the blooming goldenrod and false dragonhead.
Most Nashvillians, including me, are inside keeping cool.
But, my best garden helpers show up every morning at sunrise and work till sunset. You know I'm talking about the bees and butterflies who are bzzy pollinating our gardens while they move from flower to flower drinking nectar.
The Lovable Bumbles are the hardest workers we could ever ask for in our gardens. They will visit the first dandelion in late winter and stay around till the last aster disappears in November. They're the major pollinators in my garden and in yours.
Bumbles are generalists and don't require any specific plants. They will visit almost any nectar producer. So plant plenty of flowers to bloom over a long period of time. In my own garden in the Southeastern USA~I've planted a variety of mostly natives that bloom from spring till the first killing frost.
You've probably already noticed a diversity of pollinators busily at work in your garden:
bumblebees, moths, flies, beetles, butterflies, birds, and bats....and the tiniest little bees!
The more diverse your flower planting, the more it can support resident pollinators.
Then they can take care of your garden bzzness.
PS A quick reminder! Wednesday, September 22, is Wildflower Wednesday~Hope you join in the wildflower celebration!
*Taking Care Of Bzzness '09 go here and When Bumblebees Fall Asleep, go here
If you want to hear BTO sing Taking Care of Business go here!