Oh Beehive!

My son Rick was on his best “bee-hive-iour” when he noticed bee activity in the overlapping wood panels at the Kentwood Flowerland store.

Removal of the wood panels revealed an amazing hive of bees!
Removal of the wood panels revealed an amazing hive of bees!

We got some “free-bees” out of the deal with a treasure trove of honey! Bee experts carefully removed and preserved the hive plus isolated the Queen so the whole hive could be transferred to a new location where it could thrive. The whole process was really interesting. Check out the pics of these bees living in the land of “Pollenesia!”

"Un-bee-leafable"
“Un-bee-leafable”
The Queen Bee!
The Queen Bee!
Making a beehive for a new location!
Making a beehive for a new location!

July Butterfly

The landscape celebrates July in its own quiet way with fireworks that go KaBloom! Those floriforous fireworks draw a crowd of butterflies and hummingbirds to our warm and colorful plantings. In general bright colors attract butterflies and hummingbirds to our yards. I read a quote that said a flower is simply a leaf mad in love. How true.

Milkweed in bloom at sunset
Milkweed in bloom at sunset

Colorful blooms attract pollinators and nectar lovers to our yards. Natural growing milkweed is a fragrant joy to observe during the months of June and July.

A Lacecap Hydrangea is a great example with the outer ring of showy sterile blooms that attract the attention for the less showy interior blooms. The July landscape should be a playground for butterflies and hummingbirds and it all starts by selecting the right plants to accent your yard, deck and patio. Remember sunny spaces and some water help in attracting these winged performers to put on a show. Often the next question is “Rick what are your favorites to do the job in the month of July?” I’m glad you asked, many different plants will do the job but I especially like these in the month of July.

Asclepias (Butterfly weed)
Agastache

Agastache in bloom. Its sweet licorice aroma and colorful blooms a magnet for bees, butterflies and hummingbirds
Agastache in bloom. Its sweet licorice aroma and colorful blooms a magnet for bees, butterflies and hummingbirds

Allium
Butterfly Bush (Buddleia)
Baptisia (False Indigo)

Baptisia one of my favorite perennials in the landscape!
Baptisia one of my favorite perennials in the landscape!

Cosmos
Crocosmia
Daylilies
Echinacea (Coneflower)
Heliopsis
Honeysuckle
Hydrangea
Joe Pye Weed
Lantana
Landscape Roses
Lychnis

Bright red roses are a draw for butterflies
Bright red roses are a draw for butterflies

Milkweed
Monarda (Bee Balm)
Nepeta
Petunias and Calibrachoa
Russian Sage
Salvia
Sedum
Tithonia Mexican Sunflower
Tickseed (Coreopsis)
Zinnias