Flowers for bees this year

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Wed Feb 05, 2020 1:32 pm

@imp Be careful where you place sunflowers in the veg garden!
Not many people know about the dark side of sunflowers (Helianthus annuus). However, the beautiful bright blooms do hide a nasty secret: sunflowers are allelopathic, that is, they give off toxins (terpenes and various phenolic compounds) from all their parts (roots, leaves, stems, flowers, seeds, etc.) that impede the growth of other plants or even kill them.

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Thu Feb 06, 2020 3:48 pm

Was that taken from Laidback Gardener?

https://laidbackgardener.blog/2017/05/0 ... wers-kill/
patihum wrote:
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@imp Be careful where you place sunflowers in the veg garden!
Not many people know about the dark side of sunflowers (Helianthus annuus). However, the beautiful bright blooms do hide a nasty secret: sunflowers are allelopathic, that is, they give off toxins (terpenes and various phenolic compounds) from all their parts (roots, leaves, stems, flowers, seeds, etc.) that impede the growth of other plants or even kill them.
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Thu Feb 06, 2020 3:49 pm

Adyes, thanks for the information.
Together, trees make an ecosystem that tempers the extremes of heat & cold, stores lots of water, & makes a lot of humidity. In this environment, trees can live to be very old. To get to this point, the community must remain intact no matter what.

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Fri Feb 14, 2020 4:05 pm

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Has anyone mentioned Mexican heather? It's a small compact shrub that tolerates sun and heat, and doesn't require a lot of water. The bees flock to it.
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Fri Feb 14, 2020 6:23 pm

That's a very pretty plant and one that I have never grown. I might have to try it now.
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Fri Feb 14, 2020 9:50 pm

Imp, thank you for mentioning about tansy and squash bugs. I will have to plant some in my squashes this year too. Disaster (aka S.B.'s) struck just as my squashes were really starting to take off last year. So disheartening.
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Sat Feb 15, 2020 12:53 pm

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They were flocking to the African blue basil that's been hanging on through the winter and some dianthus planted in pots here and there.
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Sat Feb 15, 2020 1:02 pm

SpookyShoe wrote:
Fri Feb 14, 2020 4:05 pm
0214201551.jpgHas anyone mentioned Mexican heather? It's a small compact shrub that tolerates sun and heat, and doesn't require a lot of water. The bees flock to it.
I've not heard of it before. I like the looks of it and if it takes the heat it will be a good one for me. Thanks, I'll start looking for it locally.
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Sat Feb 15, 2020 7:11 pm

I love bee porn.
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Sat Feb 15, 2020 8:44 pm

I shall have to try some of that african blue basil maybe I can find it local at the big nursery even though they are often so danged high priced on stuff. That mexican heather sounds good too. I may ask my nephew to bring a bee hive this year and keep it in the back yard!!
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Sun Feb 16, 2020 6:27 am

Mexican Heather is in the Cuphea family, so lots of nectar :D
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PlainJane wrote:
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I love bee porn.

Kinky!!!! I like it.
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Sat Feb 22, 2020 12:42 pm

Went out to lunch and saw this bee and many more on a bottle brush plant.
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