Call the Vice Squad?

Have you been noticing all the birds returning?  And soon our native bees will  emerge.  Hummingbirds will be coming through on their annual pilgrimage north. Is your garden ready with native plants ready to bloom right when their nectar is needed?  What a coincidence! 

The flowers have made a deal with their long term friends, the bees and hummingbirds:  “I’ll give you my delish, nutrish nectar if you’ll help me get a date with that flower over there; here just carry some of this magic dust with you…”

Whether you call it love or sordid botanical scheming, we can all join in the FUN!  Just make sure your yard is full of native plants, ready for action. You can even host native bees!  And tell your neighbors not to call the vice squad—nobody’s getting hurt here.

Some early bloomers that need the hummingirds and bees:  Cascade Oregon Grape (Mahonia nervosa), Tall Oregon Grape (Mahonia aquifolium), Red-Flowering Currant (Ribes sanguineum), Indian Plum (Oemleria cerasiformis), Salmonberry (Rubus spectabilis).

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