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Old 07-20-2012, 09:26 PM   #31
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I like bumblebees.... I wish more people felt the way we do. The reason bumbles are declineing is because people either spray for them or they don't plant natives. In my area there's a lot of native plantings but most of it is owned by the city or science musium. Few people/landowners buy natives and fewer still want bees. I think the Science musium could help to change that I think when I do my flower sale I'll enlist the help of our the science musium to see if they will hand out papers/ with my adress, phone number over winter, about my sale to people- If Gabe approves.

On the sadder side bees do have a drawback they sting. I'm not allergic to bee stings/venom ( I HATE being stung though). but one of our staff is and she likes to garden. I hope all goes well in that department.
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Old 07-20-2012, 10:17 PM   #32
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Since my prairie bed is mostly yellow...A few brave liatris and echinaceas provide a bit of pink and purple against all that yellow.
That sounds like a great little punch of color to spice up your sea of yellow.
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Planting flowers for bumblebees is almost like buying a birthday gift for someone. I feel so much anticipation before the plant flowers (hoping they'll like it), and so much satisfaction when the bees find the flowers and visit them often!
What a cool analogy.

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...In my area there's a lot of native plantings but most of it is owned by the city or science musium. Few people/landowners buy natives and fewer still want bees...

On the sadder side bees do have a drawback they sting. I'm not allergic to bee stings/venom ( I HATE being stung though). but one of our staff is and she likes to garden. I hope all goes well in that department.
I'm glad there are a lot of native plantings done by the museum...that should help draw in more critters that should make their way to your native plantings...maybe even a hummingbird some day.

Yes, bees can sting...and I remember being stung much more often when I was a kid. Maybe I was a careless kid, not sure...but as an adult I haven't been stung in years (I can't even remember that last time)...and I hang out taking pictures of bees and even wasps.

Bumblebees have always struck me as docile and not likely to sting.

I think you are right, education will help people appreciate bees more and fear them less.
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