It took nearly an hour of patient waiting for a snapshot of this flying beauty who completely shunned all the hybridized Echinacea, proof that we are breeding out nectar and pollen traits that are important for our pollinators. I strongly believe this is a big factor in the decline of the honey bee.
Be sure to seek out and include in your landscape plenty of native flowers that can provide a variety of food for our pollinators all throughout the growing season.
My favorite place to find these is Scioto Gardens Nursery, located in Delaware on Route 37. Owned by a husband and wife team, it’s a beautiful outdoor nursery surrounded by lots of native flowers and other plantings. It’s a must-see!
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Posted by Patty Shipley.