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Gardening for Bees

Every year I plant food for the bees; without their cheerful buzzing and little bee moves all over the garden I’d feel at a loss. Like a garden without birds or butterflies, a garden without bees has a big hole in its heart. This bright yellow beauty is called a, “Yellow-faced Bumblebee (Bombus vosnesenskii)” and is native to the west coast of North America. Here you can see her peering at me as I take a close-up while she’s busily gathering pollen from a Toyon (Heteromeles Arbutifolia) blossom in my backyard habitat. I know we need bees to pollinate and that’s an...
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A Story of Three Survivors

The Blue Starflower Upon seeing some Borage (Borago officinalis) seedlings on a common path, in one of the community gardens I am a member of, I decided to take one to plant in my other garden.  It’s an annual that readily self-seeds but has a carrot-like tap root making it difficult to transplant.  I managed to successfully dig one up, plant it in a gallon container and take it home.  After about two weeks it looked strong enough to withstand being transplanted into the Herb and Flower bed. Tucked into an open space between the Russian Sage and a mass of California...