Thursday, September 3, 2009

The Beautiful Garden

I love these flowers, and so do the bees. Not only are the flowers beautiful, they are beneficial, too.

Bees are one of the best way to pollinate your garden, and flowers are the perfect attractor for bees. A bee's diet consists of nectar (carbs) and pollen (protein & fat) - sounds a lot like our diet, except our version of nectar and pollen is apple juice and peanut butter sandwiches.
Plant a variety of flowers and veggies that will bloom at different times throughout the growing season to offer the bees and other pollinating insects, like butterflies, a constant supply of food.
Aim to plant flowers of all shapes, sizes and colors. Bees are particularly drawn towards native plants and herbs. Plant the flowers in clusters, like you see in the beautiful photo of Cosmos Susan took early last Thursday morning. Other great flower options are Aster, Caltrop, Goldenrod, Lupine, Purple Coneflower and Rhododendron.
Not only will the bees thank you, but your garden will be beautiful and bounteous!

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