Butterfly and Bee Magnet, Joe Pye Weed

If you want to grow the ultimate flower buffet for butterflies and bees, try Joe Pye Weed.  When there isn't much else blooming, Joe Pye will surprise you with fuzzy pink umbels of flowers that flying insects clearly relish. I planted only one plant of the great late summer bloomer, Eupatorium dubium, 'Little Joe', which …

Bee Counted

  Drum roll please!........It is National Pollinator Week starting today and you need to start counting those bees. Go to my post Pollinator Week to see the drill, but it is real simple. Name the flower, and then do a quick count, say five minutes each flower of any pollinators that visit. Bees are of course the …

Sex in the Garden

Pollination is all about plant sex. Yes, there is sex in the garden, be it plant sex, bee sex, bat sex, bird sex, and yes, sometimes human sex. Pollinators are being squeezed out of habitats and we can stem the tide by learning ways to attract them.