The thing to remember about pesticides is this: they are designed to kill living things. As it happens, living things have a lot in common. There’s a very old saying, “the dose makes the poison.” That just means that if you keep giving something a greater and greater dose, eventually you will kill it. The […] Read more
Bees may be grouped into three categories based on their foraging habits. Bees that prefer only a small number of flowering species are known as oligolectic. The advantage to the plant kingdom from this behavior is enormous, since it assures cross-pollination within a single species. A few species of bee are known to pollinate one—and […] Read more
Can anyone identify this bumble bee? The photo was taken March 24 in western Washington in a garden patch of Vinca minor.
At the request of a friend I just posted a list of pollinator-friendly plants. It’s in the left column of this site, just beneath the calendar. The list has two parts: the first part contains popular garden plants found in many areas of the United States, and the second part contains plants native to the […] Read more