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Just learned about this from The Green Life email today. Very excited about this. I.have enjoyed sitting on front porch watching the bees' knees getting full. Want to help out this next Spring. I'll be getting vitamin D & helping bees at the same time. Woohoo. I live in Texas in a zone 8 area and there's lots of bees during the warm months. They love my live oak tree, four o'clocks, morning glories, hibiscus, lantana & jasmine.
I want to enter my count for today, but the site requires a Garden location and the drop down box has no data to select and I cannot type in the field.
I observed 20 honeybees on my Purple Salvia plant this morning at 9:30
Just log in and go to "My Account" then "Garden" and click on "Add a garden" - this will give you a screen to set up your garden including conditions and location. Without that, we can't use your data.
Then go back and enter in your bee count. Salvia is not one of our observation plants, so note that at the bottom of the data entry page.
Thanks for your participation!
please forgive me if this is not the way to share photos...if it isn't, i'd appreciate instructions..thanks
Hello everyone. Ardenwood Historic Farm in Fremont will be participating in the Great Sunflower Project this year; we want to encourage park visitors to also join in the process. We will be giving away FREE Lemon Queen sunflower seed packets to our visitors as a part of our Free Admission Day, Memorial Day, Monday May 28th, 2012. Park hours are from 10am to 4pm. Free parking, free admission. Mention our gardens when you are leaving on the exit survey and get your free sunflower seed packet! Be sure to stop by the Greenhouse and Cutting Garden area to view not only our Lemon Queen sunflower plants, but our other planted varieties as well--- American Giant, Pro Cut Amberglow and Bicolor, Peach Passion, Moulin Rouge, and Red Courtisan to name but a few. And join us on Sunday, July 15th from 11am to 12 noon for our Public Bee Census.
Pete Maloney, Gardener, Ardenwood Historic Farm, Fremont, CA www.ebparks.org
Thrilled to learn about this project thru Renee's Garden seeds. Interestingly just picked up sunflower seeds to plant this weekend. We have noticed tons of bees on our flowering hedges. Between other flowers, lemon tree buds and the hedges that are loaded with literally thousands of flowers, I can easily say there's nearly 1 bee per 3" area. This is thrilling to us and my husband and I yesterday were marveling at all the action.
See, we lived for 19 yrs in the same house up to 2 yrs ago. It is about 10 miles away. We had several swarms come through there a year and rest in our large avocado tree, had a hive in a wall years prior and also watching thousands of bees dying in our yard. This was not due to pesticides as we did not use them and they were there for a tree that flowers profusely. Unfortunately the last couple years there we saw huge numbers dead and/or dying to the point where you could not walk barefoot and could see 30+ at any given time on the ground in a 10' x 20' area. Could never figure out why, but was told we must still have a hive close enough by that our yard is like a graveyard for them.
So now living where we are, seeing the numbers are thrilling and we have increased our collection of flowering plants for the bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds to be planted over the next few weeks to make sure the food source doesn't dry up.
Plan to do our first count hopefully tomorrow!
Yeah!! first bumble that I have seen this year!! It is staying close to 80 during the days now and we had a nice rain yesterday!! My Zinnias and cosmos have been blooming and my sunflowers are close to. Lots of lantana to hold them over and cross vine.
Also first dragonflies too!!
I'm in Central California---three weeks ago I saw my first bumble bee too. They are so special because we just don't see them very often. We saw none last year. We have lots of honey bees though. Rosemary blooms in February--so thats what they start on. Then the Lavendar, then the Borage. Lemon Queens are only 3 feet tall right now.
Our Community Garden is going into its third year. Summer of 2011 made an herb demo garden. By August it was alive with bees visiting the blooming herbs. Encouraged us to make a pollinator garden in the back. It is to be a bee garden but folks are so wary of bees (anything that buzzing is a bee) that we are calling it a pollinator garden. Have begun the layout by covering with black plastic to deter the weeds (pretty bad) and warm up the soil. It will be 8' in the center with the sunflowers, numbered. The total space is 30' round, so there will four wedge shaped beds with bee attractive flowers. At the entrance will be a podium with a "rite in the rain" tablet for the visitors to note their observations.
Sunflowers in my home garden don't do well and the bees have other flowers to visit. Very anxious to see if the garden visitors participate.
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