|My Flower Garden|
Bees are dying in record numbers—putting our food supply seriously at risk—and it’s mostly due to toxic pesticides called “neonicotinoids.” These nasty chemicals are used in nursery plants and they’re systemic, which means that the poison goes up through the plant into the pollen and nectar and kills the bees. PLEASE, only buy plants that aren't chemically treated!
Make your yard an area where bees and butterflies can survive. Plant wildflowers native to your state, plant milkweed and don’t use chemicals!
Some bee-friendly flowers…Spring Blooms - Crocus, hyacinth, borage, calendula and wild lilac
Summer - bee balm, cosmos, echinacea, snapdragons foxglove, and hosta
Fall - zinnias, sedum, asters, witch hazel and goldenrod
Some butterfly-friendly flowers…Aster, bee balm, cornflower, daylily, hollyhock, lavender, lilac, milkweed, phlox, purple coneflower, snapdragon, zinnia
Ten top flowers for hummingbirds…Bee balm, cardinal flower, zinnia, salvia, bleeding hearts, butterfly bush, trumpet flower, lupine, columbine, petunia
The picture to the left is a Cardinal Flower. The hummingbirds in my yard are all over this flower and it grows really tall. It's beautiful, too!
All of the pictures in this post are from my own backyard. If you want more information on how you can do your part to help save the bees and butterflies by creating a friendly habitat for them, here are a few very good resources:
American Meadows for wildflower seeds
The Xerces Society for bee and butterfly information
The Honeybee Conservancy for information on bees
|These are giant Delphiniums|