Thursday, September 21, 2017

A Bee Friendly Garden

I don't know about you, but for me the somnolent hum of bees, the beautiful drift of butterflies, and race car swift hummingbirds visiting my garden completes the summer. Bee populations are in decline and under threat. It's a stressful time to be a bee. And we should all be concerned about this, because bees pollinate a good portion of our fruit and vegetable crops. I wanted to be a bee friend and plant bee friendly plants in the gardenbut our backyard is heavily shaded, which is a blessing and a curse, because the flower bearing plants bees and butterflies love tend to not do well in heavy shade.

Ever since we bought our house I've hated the bush-tree things in our front yard (I have no idea what they are, if you know, please share!). We've planted some insect friendly plants along the way - butterfly bush, salvia, lavender, but the majority of the garden real estate was taken by the ugly bush trees.

Before picture featuring ugly bush/trees.

So, last Friday I was standing on the sidewalk staring at the house.

"It always makes me nervous when you start looking at the house like that," Mr. Awesome said when he saw me.

"I was just thinking about how ugly those bushes are."

"Well, if you hate them, we should take them out."

Mr. Awesome is the best.

So, what do you do when you have a bathroom renovation project to finish? Start a new project, of course!

For a change, everything went according to plan and between the chainsaw and winch, those ugly tree bushes were out in an hour. Next to go were the rose bushes, which were supposed to be red, but turned out to be magenta. Plus, the bees aren't really a fan. I gifted them to a friend in exchange for her russian sage.

A trip to the garden center and now our front garden is filled with Mexican sage, Russian sage, Bee Balm, Day Lilies, and Penstemon to go with the Butterfly Bush, Lavender, and Salvia. A hummingbird came to drink from the Mexican sage as we stood at the garden center, how could we not buy that?

I am thrilled with the result and hope it will fill these fast fading summer days with some insect beauty to go with the pretty new flowers.

After - much improved! I look forward to seeing how
the plants fill in next year.

What do you think? Would you plant a bee friendly garden?

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