2021 Pollinators Project

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gggvan

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Dec 6, 2012
121
They grow huge out here, no matter how heavily I hack them back. We have several 10-12 footers and one that is about 15 ft around. I have cut that bush down to the ground and it is back to full size in about 3 years.

If you want to help butterflies grow some milkweed.

Our season is shorter that yours, anyway, I planted 3 BB's in spots that won't block sun from the rest of the plantings. I have 1 milkweed in the center already, it's just starting to come up and i've reserved space for more in the center. When it seeded last year, i put alot of seeds/pods under dirt...we'll see.

Do your BB's attract buterflies?
 

begreen

Mooderator
Staff member
Nov 18, 2005
89,537
South Puget Sound, WA
Do your BB's attract buterflies?
Yes, butterflies, hummingbirds like it. I will have to watch to see if these plants also attract bees.
 

gggvan

Member
Dec 6, 2012
121
update: planted 3x 14" lavender, summer bloom; 3x purple butterfly bushes; small patch of red hot pokers; 3x salvia.
 

walhondingnashua

Feeling the Heat
Jul 23, 2016
398
ohio
Our Butterfly Bushes attract just about everything. The bluebirds and king birds sit close by and even hunt what comes in.
Last year was the first time I saw hummingbird moths on it. They are pretty interesting creatures.
 

begreen

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Nov 18, 2005
89,537
South Puget Sound, WA
The hawthorne tree is now in bloom along with the rowen tree and viburnum. We have a ton of bees now. The hawthorne sounds like a hive there is so much activity. The Spanish lavender is in bloom and is attracting bumblebees. I saw my first swallowtail of the year today too.
 

gggvan

Member
Dec 6, 2012
121
The hawthorne tree is now in bloom along with the rowen tree and viburnum. We have a ton of bees now. The hawthorne sounds like a hive there is so much activity. The Spanish lavender is in bloom and is attracting bumblebees. I saw my first swallowtail of the year today too.
sweet.
i'm starting to realize that the spacing they put on the plant labels are a bit of an exaggeration.
 

begreen

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Staff member
Nov 18, 2005
89,537
South Puget Sound, WA
I figured out why we have so many honeybees this year. A neighbor up the road just set out new hives. They have to fly down to our property about 1200 ft which is nothing for them. I hope they don't crowd out the natural pollinators.

On another note, our mason bees appear almost done for the year. They have done an outstanding job and have filled around 270 holes in the nest blocks.
 

gggvan

Member
Dec 6, 2012
121
I figured out why we have so many honeybees this year. A neighbor up the road just set out new hives. They have to fly down to our property about 1200 ft which for them is nothing. I hope they don't crowd out the natural pollinators.

On another note, our mason bees appear almost done for the year. They have done an outstanding job and have filled around 270 holes in the nest blocks.
can you post a pic of the nest blocks?
 

begreen

Mooderator
Staff member
Nov 18, 2005
89,537
South Puget Sound, WA
This is one of the nest houses. I had to add an extra block to handle the overflow. The bees and blocks are supplied yearly. I will be returning them in a week.

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begreen

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Staff member
Nov 18, 2005
89,537
South Puget Sound, WA
This is the supplier. We are part of a community program to raise new mason bees, so no cost to us. We just provide a good home for them in early spring.