What a roller coaster of a week in the garden! We have had stormy days, humid days, cool days, and gusty days. Finally, today was a picture perfect day in our Midwest garden! The sun shone brightly, with just a hint of a breeze, on this late May morning. With over two inches of rain over the past few days, everything has grown by leaps and bounds… especially the weeds.
A day like today could mean only one thing, gardeners were as busy as bees catching up. Mowing the lawn, trimming bushes, and weeding, weeding, and more weeding filled the day. As I stopped to admire the sweet, periwinkle blossoms on a huge clump of perennial Cranesbill Geraniums, I noticed so many bees hard at work, too.
I am always so happy to see bees busily working in my cottage garden. The perennials and herbs flourish when these important pollinators visit the garden. This summer, I will be mindful of which flowers and herbs attract the most bees to my garden. (Last summer, I carefully observed the beetles in my garden.) The garden teaches me important lessons every single day.
There is so much to learn about these important pollinators. I hope you can spend a few moments with some of my favorite garden bloggers. Each link below is definitely worth a ‘click.’ These experts have wonderful information to share about attracting bees to the garden:
Recently, Maryland gardener and beekeeper, Claire Jones, wrote about ‘The Great Backyard Bee Count’ on her blog, The Garden Diaries. I’m so grateful that Claire introduced me to this fascinating project. I’m really looking forward to collecting data in ‘The Great Sunflower Project‘ all summer long. I hope that you will be inspired to participate, too!
Along with gardeners across the United States and Canada, I will bring my cup of tea and a small notebook into my garden each morning. I will spend 15 minutes quietly observing sunflower blossoms (or the blossoms of another plant) and counting the number of bees that visit them during this time. After recording the data, I will simply enter it into the ‘The Great Sunflower Project’ website, where it will help to map the bee population across the country. (With a smart device, observers can enter the data while observing in the garden.) If you don’t grow sunflowers, you may observe any blossoms in your garden, counting the number of bees that visit. What a great opportunity to help the bees!
The founder and director of ‘The Great Sunflower Project‘ shares the highlights:
The data that citizen scientists (gardeners) collect this summer
will provide important “insights into how our green spaces
in the urban, suburban, and rural landscapes are connected,
as well as shedding light on how to help pollinators.”
(‘The Great Sunflower Project’)
At Garden Therapy, Stephanie shares great ways to ‘Create a Bee-Friendly Garden.’ One of her ideas is to make a Bee Bath in the garden. I’m inspired to create one for our garden this weekend! If the bees have a special place to drink fresh water in the garden, they will stay even longer, pollinating our flowers and herbs. I think you will enjoy Stephanie’s other bee-friendly ideas, too!
“Bees are responsible for every third bite of food.”
“The Great Sunflower Project”
Although I don’t grow vegetables, my neighbors just across the fence have a huge vegetable garden. They always share their vegetables and I am happy to share our busy pollinators! The sweet rewards of conserving the bee population are so important to all of us. By providing bees with pesticide-free plants, fresh water, and shelter all of our gardens will flourish.
I always enjoy reading about the passions of Arkansas gardener and beekeeper, Brenda, on her blog The Blonde Gardener. Although I could never be brave enough to keep bees, I truly admire the work that Brenda and other beekeepers do. Visit Brenda for her latest Bee Update!
I am so grateful for the opportunity to learn together as we care for our environment.
Hope the bees are buzzing in your garden, too!
Have you noticed many bees in your garden this week?
What plants seem to attract them?
P.S. Thanks so much for stopping by today. I always look forward to our visits!