As you’re putting together your mail-order plant wish list, think about species that sustain bees. I know what you’re thinking: “Bees might ruin my picnic!” Here’s my reply to that: “Cover your beer, and plant flowers that sustain bees anyhow.”
I just got a press release from the organizers of National Pollinator Week reminding us that one out of every three bites of food humans consume is dependant on bees and other animals for reproduction. Now you can see why it’s so important to protect these critters (even if they do sneak into our open cans of PBR when we’re not looking).
Colony Collapse Disorder, a mysterious situation that has caused a drastic decline in honeybees, still continues to stump researchers. And honeybees are not the only pollinators in peril; bumble bee species in the East and the West also are vanishing from their customary habitats, according to the sponsor of National Pollinator Week, June 21-27.
By planting for pollinators we can rebuild their habitat and make a positive impact on the survival rates for honeybees and other pollinators. Pollinators obtain vital nectar, pollen, and nesting resources from key plant species—especially natives—which can be incorporated easily into nearly all landscapes. Click here to find good native plants for your region.
National Pollinator Week is a project of the North American Pollinator Protection Campaign (www.nappc.org), which is managed by the Pollinator Partnership. To learn more, click here.