Video: Tom (YourGardenShow founder) in the middle of a sunflower field counting bees! Learn more about how you can help from your own garden this week by taking part in the GREAT BEE COUNT, brought to you by the Great Sunflower Project. It's easy, we're doing the count!
I am so glad to know that YGS is still keeping the buzz going about the
Great Sunflower Project. I met the director of the project last year
and it seems that the results of this citizen science project are really
making an impact in the national conservation picture.
@Tom: Mary Beth and I are so saddened when we found out about Lisa. We miss her laugh, her smile. What an inspiration to everyone that knew her. Your web site is a beautiful extension of Lisa's presence. Best regards Scot Mc
Our pollinator friends need us and we need them. It's easy to amp your garden with a few nectar perennials such as bee balm (Monarda).There's a great list here that includes trees and shrubs. If you choose plants for bees, what have you seen?
@Groundskeeper: I filmed my girls dining in a peony this summer (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CBhyu47GNEI). I have never seen so many bees in a single flower move that quickly in any other type of flower. The large Alliums or Sunflowers may have lots of bees but I believe they are actually hundreds of florets.
I was just out in the Fenway Victory Gardens and there are bees everywhere...thanks to all the pollinator friendly plants! Developing and maintaining habitats for our friendly bees is a sure way to keep them around...and to make sure that all our fruit, veggies, and flowers keep providing harvests for us all.
@Beeboy: That sounds like a fun and healthy to bee, Mike. If you get a chance to observe them closely, let me know if there are different kinds of bees, as opposed to just honey bees. Let me know if there are any green bees or smaller bees more yellow and shorter antennae. Those are some of the great native pollinators.
@Entomolo-garden: I began to identify native insects in my garden this year and was surprised to discover (with my limited entomological skills) 8 different types of wasps, 3 dominant native bees, a lot of Western Tiger Swallowtail Butterflies and a variety of fles (Greenbottle blow fly, Drone fly ...). A virtual cornucopia of pollinators.
@Strathcona: Hello BC. I am so glad you took the time to do so. I attended a workshop on the "Bounty of Pollination" at the UC Davis Robert Mondavi Institute today. Quite a marvelous experience, all about the little buggers that make the world go round. I really appreciate how you counting all the different species as well. It great when people can really tune into the diversity, the Microcosmic Universe in their own back yard. Did you happen to get any pics? I recommend you share them, esp with YGS members and your friends on Facebook.
@Entomolo-garden: Most of the photos
in my gardenshow album are of flowers with insects. Also, I have a local
community bee website which is part of our beekeeping organization and our
community garden which is full of native insect photos I have taken.