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Continue Honey Bee PollinationMaster Gardener Scoop – August 19, 2015

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By Majo Bates-

Master Gardner

One of my passions is honey bees for pollination. They need our help desperately. I have done articles before on bees, but I’ve been studying up more and want to share some more of what I have learned.

Instead of just planting flowers where you want bees, decide to plant flowers where bees visit! Bees favor sunny spots over shade and need some shelter from strong winds. Flowers known to attract bees in our area are: monarda (bee balm), Russian sage, Joe Pye weed, poppy, lavender, rhododendron, salvia, hyssop, Stonecrop sedums, coneflower, daisy, zinnia, sunflower, cosmos, lantana, larkspur, mandevilla, etc. Choose plants/flowers that pollinators love by planting a variety of different colors. Bees have good color vision and are particularly attracted to the colors yellow, violet, purple, blue and white! Hummingbirds and butterflies will go to these colors but prefer red, orange and bright yellow. Plant a smorgasbord of color, variety and shapes. Anise hyssop, lupine and aster are go-to meals for bees. Select single flowers like daisies and marigolds, rather than double flowers like double impatiens. Double flowers are showy but produce much less nectar and make it more difficult for bees to access pollen. This is something I have just learned myself.

Great flowers and personal gardens start with pollination, and for that you need bees! While many things have contributed to the declining bee population, we can do our part to help bring back the bees. Without pollinators, we would be hard pressed to find an early summer tomato or crisp cucumber. Three-fourths of the plants we eat cannot reproduce without pollen carried to them by bees or other pollinators.

For More, Please Read The August 19, 2015 Edition Of The Nashville News

Continue Honey Bee Pollination