Two meetings this week -- and both were packed full of information. Tuesday evening was the monthly Gwinnett Beekeepers meeting, and the speaker was Dave Arnold, who’s an expert in landscape management with wildlife in mind.
Here are the plants he recommended for bees (and some for butterflies, too):
- Button Bush
- Alfalfa (let it bloom)
- Anise Hyssop
- Spanish Needle
I’d never heard of several of them, but I’m going to get out my books and catalogs.
How many of these are found in your yard?
Speaking of yards, Dave said that there are more than 45 million acres of lawn in the United States. Lawn -- pesticide and fertilizer-ridden, a veritable dessert for bees and other pollinators.
If you have that kind of dessert around your house, how about considering a change to a pollinator-friendly lot?
And then, Thursday evening, the Gwinnett County Citizens Fire Academy. Whew! This is going to be a busy twelve weeks. I’ll share some pictures with you when I do the ride-along, and when I try crawling through a “burning” building (fake smoke). That’s won’t be for another few weeks, though. We have to learn a lot of skills before they put us into those yellow suits.
Tomorrow I'll tell you about how I surprised the Fire Chief.
BEEattitude for Day #521:
Blessed are those who do what they can to make the world a better place, for they shall benefit from a feeling of accomplishment.
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