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Pink Suntastic Bicolor sunflower … pollen-less, yet attractive

Though advertised as pollen-less, bees are still finding this sunflower irresistible. Perhaps there are nectar rewards. I watched the bee for quite a while to see if it stopped for a “big gulp”, but it seemed to just be searching … Continue reading

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Video: Honey bee on dwarf yellow spray sunflower

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F4P Living Lab and survey

Visitors to the St. Paul campus will find the Flowers for Pollinators garden in the Horticultural Science Display Garden at Gortner and Folwell avenues. Stop by throughout the summer and observe the interactions of pollinators and plants. Be part of … Continue reading

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Bugs are Buzzing: F4P at HMR

Annuals are blooming, and bugs are buzzing at the HMR Flowers for Pollinators site. Because there are many native, and some non-native perennials surrounding our plants here, we know it’s a big deal when insects choose our flowers. So far I’ve … Continue reading

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2017 F4P sites planted!

It’s been a busy time – and the weather kept throwing us curve balls! – but we have the three 2017 Flowers for Pollinators sites planted! Horticulture Display Garden – U of M West Central Research and Outreach Center, Morris, … Continue reading

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Happy birthday, Carl Linnaeus!

Born May 23, 1707, in Stenbrohult, in the province of Småland in southern Sweden (1), Carolus Linnaeus is considered the father of modern taxonomy and the creator of the binomial naming system. What does that mean? Without his classification system, … Continue reading

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Results: 2016 Flowers for Pollinators

In 2016, U of M Extension Master Gardeners throughout Minnesota planted 24 varieties of annual flowers and observed pollinator activity throughout the summer as part of the 35th annual Master Gardener Seed Trial. Varieties included: Volunteers were trained by extension … Continue reading

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