Applewood staff participated in three national pollinator conferences in the past few weeks related to honey bees and other native pollinators. In an effort to incorporate pollinator-friendly practices into federal landscapes, the federal government recently released Sustainable Practices for Designed Landscapes, containing guidelines for landscaping on federal properties.
Seven years ago the U.S. Senate approved the designation of a week in June as “National Pollinator Week”. This year, it will be held June 16th through the 22nd. National Pollinator Week has become an international celebration of all types of pollinators such as bees, beetles, flies, birds, butterflies, and moths. Pollinators provide valuable ecosystem […]
Cosmos (Cosmos bipinnatus) is an annual flower that is native to Mexico and has been grown in American gardens for over 150 years. Plants prefer sunny conditions and can tolerate heat and poorer soils. They have low water requirements, making them ideal for xeriscaping. They also attract butterflies, birds and pollinators such as honey bees […]
By early spring, most gardeners look forward to seeing color in their gardens again. You can plan ahead for next year by sowing spring blooming plants this year. Here are some of the best spring-blooming perennials and re-seeding annuals. The following plants do well in most parts of the United States.
Most people have heard that the monarch butterfly is in trouble. Numerous reports have indicated that their numbers have declined by over 95% in the U.S. The loss of habitat has been the main issue. All habitat sites used for breeding, migrating and overwintering have been impacted. The loss of milkweed in these habitats, a […]
Animal and insect pollinators are essential to pollination in over 75% of the world’s flowering plants, which includes roughly 35 percent of the world’s crops. Animal and insect pollinators include bees, moths, flies, bats, birds, ants, butterflies, wasps and beetles. Some of these pollinator species, including honey bees, have declined in numbers, become endangered or […]