National Pollinators week is June 22 – 28, 2020. Yes we celebrate these wonderful and very crucial critters. Welcome garden pollinators by planting flowers they love!
Garden Pollinators are necessary to our survival. Over 80 percent of the world’s flowering plants require a pollinator to reproduce. Animals that assist plants in their reproduction as pollinators include species of bats, butterflies, moths, flies,birds, beetles, ants, and bees. We are talking about our food supply!
Butterflies as Garden Pollinators
Butterflies are great garden pollinators. They flock to your flower garden especially if you have an array of blooms from early Spring to late Fall. They are nearsighted so plant your flowers in colorful masses. Did you know they can smell better than they can see? Fragrance is a powerful attractant for them. (Plant for Scent in your Garden)
Did you know many weeds are host plants for butterflies? Soon I will share a full blown post just on butterflies and how we can plant to benefit them better.
Bees as Garden Pollinators
I did a post not long ago on planting a bee friendly garden, It has a great run down of info on how to make your garden as bee friendly as you can. We all have heard how the bees are endangered and how much we need them. Many new hybrids and modern strains of flowers are not as pollen rich as native or heirloom plants. So try to include heirloom or native plants in your garden. Here is a great list for you to check out: Bee Friendly And another from Seed Savers
Hummingbirds as Garden Pollinators
Though Hummingbirds eat small insects they also will spend plenty of time at your flowers feasting. They go for tubular flowers like Trumpet Vine, Salvia, Foxgloves and Petunias etc, their long bill and tongue make those hard to access flowers prime eatin’ for them. They have excellent eye sight with a leaning towards the red spectrum (we all know they love red so now we know why!)
Though we love to feed them with our sugar water feeders they will benefit from the vitamins and minerals in nearby flowers too.
Birds and Blooms have a great article on Hummingbirds as Pollinators
The not so glamorous Garden Pollinators
Other insects are also included in the list of pollinators, even some we don’t particularly like. Flies, wasps, beetles and ants. Click here for more on that. 7 Insects pollinators that aren’t bees or butterflies.
What NOT to do in your Garden to help Pollinators
No matter how organic a pesticide or insecticide is, even the homemade DIY ones, that does not mean they are safe for our garden pollinating friends. Most are non selective or broad spectrum, meaning they kill the bad bugs but also kill the good ones.
Happy Pollinator Week!