By Marilyn Jones, President, Twin Cities Wild Ones
Both the spread of diseases and genetic interbreeding pose threats to co-evolved plant-pollinator relationships and habitats. The numbers of several subspecies of Bombus in the NW have been plummeting in recent years with a threat of extinction.
If you encounter a colony of bees, don’t worry, just leave it undisturbed to do its pollination, and they will move on. We can help our bee friends by planting “such a variety of natives that something is blooming in every season. The nectar and pollen in these blossoms may be saving someone’s life.” (from “Why Humblebees,” Wild Ones Journal, March/April 2007 by Maryann Whitman)
Some Things We Should Do
1. Plant a lot of native plants.
2. Provide various plants that bloom from Spring through Fall.
3. Plant flowers that have a range of colors.
4. Plant flowers that have various shapes.
5. Use NO pesticides.
6. Leave areas of bare soil for bumblebee nests.
We are offering a Bumblebee Favorites flat at our 2011 Spring plant sale. The last day to order is May 10th, pickup will be Saturday May 14th.
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