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06-25-2019 03:23 PM - edited 06-25-2019 03:24 PM
This year, I am noticing that there are hardly any bees in my garden, and if ever there was a garden that bees would love, it is mine. I do see some, a few honey bees, black bee, and bumble bee, but in years past, there were thousands, it seemed, couldn't walk past a plant with flowers that it was covered in bees, and I find this so sad. It apparently has to do with fungicides and other pesticides, wish people would all go organic and not use anything that is harmful to bees and animals.
Before, most of my daylilies, and I have hundreds, were pollinated, hardly any this year.
06-25-2019 03:31 PM
we have an abundance of bees this year!
they are all over the flowers PLUS we have a bumper "crop" of clover in our area.
06-25-2019 03:34 PM
Hi @mousiegirl I know, its a bummer, your gardens are so beautiful you would think it would be paradise for a bee. I cant remember where I read this but you can buy shipments of bees. I knew you could buy ladybugs but didnt know about the bees. Might be something to read up on in your spare time. I would think they would stick around if they landed on the beautiful variety of blossoms you grow!
But I agree, it is sad for the lack of bees we have anymore, poor things.
06-25-2019 03:35 PM - edited 06-25-2019 03:48 PM
I haven't seen any in years. My beautiful large Holly doesn't get red berries anymore. It used to be loaded. We do have a healthy male plant.
U.S. Dept of Agriculture has been looking at the following.
06-25-2019 04:25 PM
I can remember as a kid running through our grass (with clover), stepping on a bee, and subsequently geting stung. I learned quickly to wear shoes because they were all over the clover. I'm looking at a large area of clover out my window right now, and I can't see a single bee.
06-25-2019 05:27 PM
I have bees, they love the walkers low catnip, but i am not seeing many butterflies on my flowers.
06-25-2019 05:54 PM
Same here in NJ with the lack of bees. I grew up here in NJ and, as kids, always had tons of bees feasting on the clover. Over the last several years, a bee is hard to find on any clover or flower.
My son planted wild flowers on two sides of our vegetable garden this year to encourage bees but it didn't seem to make a difference.
The bee colony collapse is attributed to many things, but a big problem seems to be pesticides being used on plants these days.
We have been using natural remedies to control garden pests.
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