1. The numbers you mention about pollination in regards to agriculture, goods, food and beverages and are staggering, $40 billion worth of products – wow! I’m happy to be doing my little part to attract bees, butterflies and hummingbirds. We have lots of catmint growing, and is swarming with bees!

  2. I know of someone who lives in an apartment in Chicago. Her patio balcony and even outside stairs are loaded with flowering plants. A couple of years ago someone contacted her as saw her balcony and wanted her to try and raise butterflies from cocoon to flying. She has had great success in this. One type of butterfly waited almost 1 year before it became a butterfly. When they emerge they stay for a while on her flowers and plants and then they fly away.
    She has herbs that attract them when they first emerge. I know dill was one she mentioned.
    Just goes to show you can live anywhere and have a garden

  3. I’ve learned so much the past couple of days. Thank you for sharing your knowledge and research.

  4. Brenda, it is fascinating to read about pollinators. I had no idea that bats were pollinators. We all have to do our parts, however small to help the birds, bees and the earth.
    I hope that you are having a wonderful weekend!

  5. Thank you Brenda, this information on pollination was very interesting!

  6. An informative – and as always – super well written post. It is SO important that we re-think our gardens to be not only beautiful but a part of something much greater. I now have a balcony only but deeply cherish it and do my best for the pollinator pals. I too have mint, basil,lemon balm, rosemary I rooted from a grocery store packet – it’s huge now – and good old parsley. Still hunting for that pineapple sage as – big mistake – I didn’t buy it when I saw it. Plus lots of flowers. Love it so.
    Have a good week-end, Brenda, and pats to you know who <3
    Mary from PA

    1. We have all kicked ourselves for leaving that one plant at the nursery! You know what they say, sad buy a plant, happy buy a plant, your birthday buy all the plants!

    2. I don’t think it matters what the size of our space is, just make the most of what you have.

  7. This is an interesting and knowledgeable blog post today Brenda!

    I know the bees love my fushia rhododendrons bc when I try to go and pick some to put in a vase the bees are mean and go after me!
    I didn’t try to get some this yr bc I dropped my bouquet last yr when 3 bees went in them! I was afraid of getting stung! Lol

    Have a fantastic weekend Brenda and the community of ppl that read this!

  8. This is very interesting. Thank you for sharing this information. I know they say not to get rid of the dandelions in the yard too early because they are pollinators for the bees.
    When I had my garden I always loved to plant flowers that attracted the butterflies and hummingbirds. So lovely to watch them. Have a good weekend Brenda.

    1. I’ve learned over the years that it’s best to leave things be rather than clear everything out when it turns brown in the fall.

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