I’ve been thinking a lot about my front yard, wondering how I can make it more bee friendly. The reason I’m thinking this is that a catalog from Wayside Gardens appeared in my mailbox Saturday.
The trouble is – my front yard is so small, I have to be careful what I plant. Anything too big will simply overwhelm it. That’s a lesson I learned the hard way. This fall I’m going to be taking out 2 confederate roses (they get ten feet tall and very bushy, and bloom in the late, late summer for a very short time). I doubt they have much bee value, but I’ll wait until after they bloom. If the bees like them I may reconsider.
And then there are those daylilies. All summer long—and I must admit they do have a fairly long blooming season—I never saw a single honey bee on them. Out of there! If anybody wants them, let me know. All you have to do is come over and help me dig them up.
I have a whole row of Rose of Sharon trees that were here when I bought the house. Do you have any idea how many seedlings those things give off? Good grief, I could pull up fifty and would still be behind. The bees visit them occasionally, but never look like they're very enthusiastic about it.
What to replace them with, though? I’m going to Google “bee-friendly plants Georgia” and see what I get.
Wish me luck.
BEEattitude for Day #314:Blessed are those who feed the hungry (bees) when we are in danger of starving, for we shall (someday) make honey for them.
bee.s. Thank you for the sugar water. It doesn’t have any pollen, but we’ll take what we can get this time of year.