I stepped out of my office late this afternoon into the wicked heat wave to check the plants in the St. Paul Display garden. I am worried the Japanese beetles will find our zinnias (not yet – they are still absorbed in the plum tree, grape vines and milkweed flowers). While watering, I observed that, in spite of the 96 degree heat index, honey bees were active visiting almost all the flowers – even those not previously where activity hadn’t been seen to-date. I am curious why bumble bees – so active last year – have not been seen much this year. Will keep watching.
- F4P: A beautiful 2018 season! September 7, 2018
- HMR Field Plot: Then and Now August 28, 2018
- F4P 2018 June 1, 2018
- F4P @ HMR: Summer 2018 May 4, 2018
- F4P @ HMR Farm: Summer 2017 October 30, 2017
- How pollinator-friendly is your landscape? September 9, 2017
- Painted Ladies in the Garden September 9, 2017
- Stem nesting August 22, 2017
Planting for pollinator health is on every gardener’s mind these days. While there’s lots of research on how native plants help pollinators, there’s not much on the interaction of pollinators and annual flowers. What annual flowers attract pollinators? We want to find out, so we designed these trials to address how home gardeners might help reverse pollinator decline.