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May 25, 2008

The Hedonistic Pleasureseeker

(Bombus pennsylvanicus)

I don’t know about where you live but the bees just LOVE my yard! Is it because I’ve gone almost completely organic?


WKRG-TV
Pennsylvania invests more to research mystery bee ailment
Forbes, NY – May 7, 2008
AP 05.07.08, 12:16 PM ET Pennsylvania’s Agriculture Department is devoting more money to research what’s behind the mysterious ailment plaguing honey bees.

How to Create a Bee-Friendly Yard

Believe it or not, bees are picky. They play favorites in your neighborhood! To ensure your garden is the “bees knees” this summer plant as many of these flowers as you can afford and use only organic fertilizers and pesticides. Variety counts! See the University of Berkley for the details!

1. The most important feature of a bee-friendly garden is the array of flowers offered. Like us, bees are lazy and prefer to get their variety in the easiest ways possible. Make sure you have a lot of blue, yellow and purple flowers to attract their eyes, and spicy/sweet smells to attract their noses.

2. Bees prefer large swaths of flowers, where they can find plenty of food in one area. Try to have something in bloom all during the spring, summer, and early autumn.

3. A bee-friendly garden isn’t neat and manicured. It may even have weeds, if those weeds are attractive to bees. It also has patches of bare soil, which many native bees need for making burrows.

4. Bees need water too! Because of their small size, they have trouble drinking from small ponds and bird baths, and can easily get caught in the water’s surface tension. . Puddling areas, such as a ceramic dish filled with very wet sand, will attract both bees and butterflies.

5. Keep it local and classic. Showy hybrids seldom produce much pollen. Avoid flowers with “double” blooms. Use a maximum of native annual and perennial wildflowers which naturally grow in your region, because they evolved there and so often require less water, fertilizer and pesticides than showy exotics. Try cosmos, black-eyed Susans, lupines, and mints.

From Wild Acres:

Bee Attracting Plants

Plant Name Bloom Time Sun Exposure Soil Type
Trees/Shrubs
Blueberry (Vaccinium spp.) May – June Full Sun, Partial Shade Moist

Holly (Ilex spp.)

May – June Full Sun, Partial Shade,
Full Shade
Dry, Moist
Lilacs (Syringa spp.) May Full Sun, Partial Shade Moist, Dry
Sweet Mock Orange (Philadelphicus coronarius) June Full Sun, Partial Shade Moist

Tulip Poplar
(Liriodendron tulipifera)

June – July

Full Sun

Moist

Willows (Salix spp.)

April

Full Sun

Moist

Wolfberry
(Symphoricarpos occidentalis)

June – July

Full Sun, Partial Shade,
Full Shade

Moist, Dry

Annuals

Asters (Aster spp.)

August – Oct Full Sun Moist, Dry

Borage (Borago officinalis)

June – Oct Full Sun, Partial Shade Moist

Dill (Anethum graveolens)

April – July Full Sun Moist, Dry

Salvia (Salvia splendenss)

June – Oct Full Sun, Partial Shade Moist

Winter Savory (Satureja montana)

July – Oct Full Sun Moist
Biennials/Perennials

Ajuga ( Ajuga spp.)

May – July Partial Shade, Full Shade Moist, Wet

Bee Balm (Monarda didyma)

July – September Full Sun, Partial Shade,
Full Shade
Wet, Moist

Columbine (Aquilegia spp.)

April – July Full Sun, Partial Shade Moist

Common Milkweed
(Asclepias syriaca)

June – August Full Sun, Partial Shade Moist, Dry

Daffodil (Narcissus spp.)

March – April Full Sun, Partial Shade Moist

Foxglove (Digitalis purpurea)

May – Sept Full Sun, Partial Shade,
Full Shade
Moist

Goldenrods (Solidago spp.)

July – Sept Full Sun Moist, Dry

Grape Hyacinth
(Muscari botryoides)

April – May Full Sun Moist

Hyssop (Hyssopus officinalis)

July – Oct Full Sun Dry

Joe Pye-Weed (Eupatorium maculatum)

July – Sept Full Sun, Partial Shade Wet, Moist

Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis)

June – Oct Full Sun, Partial Shade Moist, Dry

Lovage (Levisticum officinale)

July – August Full Sun, Partial Shade Moist

Obedient Plant
(Physostegia virginiana)

June – Sept Full Sun, Partial Shade Moist, Dry

Peppermint (Mentha piperita)

July – Sept Full Sun, Partial Shade Moist, Dry

Strawberry (Fragonia spp.)

April – May Full Sun, Partial Shade Moist

Thyme, English (Thymus vulgaris)

May – June Full Sun Moist, Dry

Wild Marjoram
(Origanum vulgare)

July – Sept Full Sun Dry

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