Summer is definitely here and many of you are enjoying the cheerful yellow blooms of your Lemon Queen Sunflowers. The days are long and the weather is perfect for enjoying a lazy morning watching bees in the garden. Make some time to enjoy watching what’s happening in your garden and spend 15 minutes making bee observations and sending in your data on our web site (www.greatsunflower.org).
We encourage all our members, wherever you live, to make as many bee counts during the season as you can. And, this year, our Great Bee Count – where everyone all over the country will be counting bee visits and sending in their data - is scheduled for August 11. Mark your calendars.
I know some of you were not able to join us for the Great Bee Count in July last year because your sunflowers were not in bloom yet. So, this year we’d like to know how many of you have sunflowers in bloom right now.
Just let us know by taking this quick poll and you’ll be able to see the results on our web site:
Do you have sunflowers in bloom in your garden now?
If your sunflower (or one of the other flowers on our list) is in bloom now, take some time this week to observe and record bee visits. Register your garden if you haven't already done so at www.greatsunflower.org and start your first observation. It couldn’t be easier. Three easy steps!
Do you have a story? Share it with us. The Great Sunflower Project is looking for stories from your garden. In upcoming newsletters, we will be publishing your stories (with pictures if you have them). Show us your rooftop, back door garden, school yard, community garden or window box. Email your pictures and stories to: Sfbee@sfu.edu We’re looking forward to hearing from you.