|Phacelia bipinnatifida with a good friend|
|Golden Ragwort with friend this week|
|Hover Fly enjoying kale flowers|
- Will they survive the difficult conditions at Clay and Limestone?
- Is this plant a nectar or pollen source for pollinators?
- Is it a host plant for pollinators?
- Is this plant available locally, therefore, more likely to survive the extremes of the Central Basin?
- Will this plant add to the diversity of my pollinator friendly garden?
- Is there a native plant that makes more sense then that seductive exotic?
|Pollinators are important in the food web|
My thoughts are almost always on how I can make my garden pollinator friendly, lovely to look at and fun to visit.
PS If you want to attract pollinators to your garden:
- provide nesting sites for a variety of visitors, some bare ground (ixnay on the plastic landscape cloth), decaying logs and even special bee houses
- plant large swathes of pollinator friendly plants and host plants
- plan for bloom from late winter to late fall
- bee sure to include water
PPS. Because it bears repeating~ Never, never, never, ever, use pesticides in your garden.
PPPS! I've been meaning to link to Clare/Curbstone Valley's wonderful posts on bees and bee keeping. Go here to see her most recent one.
This post is part of a series on native pollinators in the garden~ Earlier posts and their links are listed below for your convenience.
Part I~Now Is The Time To Bee-gin Thinking About Bees ( here)
This Is The Place To Bee ( here)
If You Could Plant Only One Plant In Your Garden~Don't (here)
Must Bee The Season of The Witch (here)
Go Bare In Your Garden (here)
We can't All be pretty Pollinators (here)
Eye, Eye Skipper, Big Eyed Pollinators (here)
What's In Your Garden (here)
Carpenter Bees (here)
Other bee posts you might want to read~
Count Yourself Lucky To Have Hoverflies (here)
Bumblebee Hotel (here)
Still Taking Care Of Bzzness (here)
My Sweet Embraceable You (here)
This post was written by Gail Eichelberger for my blog Clay and Limestone Copyright 2011.This work protected under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. Please contact me for permission to copy, reproduce, scrape, etc.