Category Archives: Bees

Butterfly Weed ‘Hello Yellow’

If you want to hop on the bandwagon to support struggling pollinators like honeybees and Monarch butterflies, butterfly weed (Asclepias tuberosa) ‘Hello Yellow’ is a great perennial to add to your garden. The native butterfly weed has bright orange flowers, … Continue reading

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Busy Bees

When we got our first decent warm spell of the year last weekend, the honeybees from the neighbor’s hive made a—wait for it—beeline for the birdbath in our backyard that I had just set up for the spring migrating birds. … Continue reading

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These Easy-to-Grow Perennials Attract Pollinators Like a Magnet

Pollinators like bees and beetles and butterflies are being threatened by habitat loss, pesticides and diseases like Colony Collapse Disorder. You can help them by planting pollinator-friendly plants in your yard. Here a a few of my favorite pollinator-magnets: Allium … Continue reading

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Dahlia ‘Double Extreme’

I always tuck a few dahlias into my annual beds each year. I usually grow them from seed. This year I sprouted ‘Double Extreme’. This Fleuroselect Award winner grows 18 to 24 inches tall with double and semi-double flowers in … Continue reading

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Bumblebeds

When I stepped outside to look for new blooms in my flowerbeds yesterday morning, the crisp air that hit my face and arms felt wonderful, but it was also a bit of a shock. The day before had been so … Continue reading

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Take a Number

It’s not unusual to get a killing frost this time of year. Not that many years ago we got one during the first week of September. Then of course it quickly warmed up into the 80s again just to add … Continue reading

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The Bird and the Bee

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Humble Bumble

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Bee Brew

If the birds thought I set out the bath for them this year they are sorely mistake. I’m not the one calling the shots, however. The neighbor’s honeybee hive has officially designated my birdbath as a bee drinking establishment. I’ve … Continue reading

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The Pollinator

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