planting for pollinators with purple coneflower

Planting for Pollinators

Bees and other pollinators are an important part of our world today.  Without pollinators, our food sources, as well as the food sources for many other animal species, would look very different.  With the decline in pollinator population, it’s imperative that we all step up to help make a change.  And, whether you have a single container, landscape, flower garden, or acres of land – we can all make a difference.  Here are some simple ways to help pollinators.

 

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Plant Profile: Stachys monieri ‘Hummelo’

The first customer I sent ‘Hummelo’ home with, left the garden center with serious skepticism written all over her face.  The plant looked nice and was super healthy.  But despite the clean, bright green foliage, it was somewhat lacking from a retail standpoint.  Needless to say, she took it home and was calling me the following spring to order more.  So what seemingly underwhelming plant became her favorite and also became the Perennial Plant Association’s 2019 Perennial Plant of the Year®?

 

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What is the biggest cause of hay fever?

Autumn Allergies – Goldenrod vs. Ragweed

Autumn allergies abound this time of the year and the leading plant to take the blame is goldenrod.  But, my friends, goldenrod is not the culprit of your sniffles and sneezles.  In a case of mistaken identity, goldenrod takes the full blame for fall time hay-fever.  The real culprit hides, camouflaged, behind the blooming beauty that is goldenrod.  What is behind your autumn misery?  Ragweed.

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Best herbs for bees.

Doing Our Part to Save the Bees with 5 Simple Herbs

 

Let’s be honest – we live in a society that consists of bandwagons.  And that’s fine.  We all need to forge our own little space on this giant rock.  But if you’re someone like me, a fairly simple person, then this past year was slightly nauseating.  That being said, I do have a bandwagon that everyone can join.

 

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