No flowers, no bees;
No bees, no flowers.
Blooming and buzzing,
Buzzing and blooming;
Married and still in Love.
- Mike Garofalo
This week is the fourth annual National Pollinator Week, a week that "has grown to be an international celebration of the valuable ecosystem services provided by bees, birds, butterflies, bats and beetles." Did you know that bats and beetles are pollinators? I didn't! The Pollinator Partnership website has a wealth of information about pollinators, their importance to our ecosystem, and how to plant a friendly pollinator habitat, as well as information about how your region is celebrating National Pollinator Week. You may be interested in entering some of your photographs in the photography contest.
Bees are plentiful in my garden - they buzz around me whenever I'm weeding and watering. They especially love the Sunny Border Blue Speedwell.
But seeing a butterfly is much more exciting than seeing a bee! This was the first Tiger Swallowtail to visit my Nanho Purple Butterfly Bush this year. (Though I did see one on the Pagoda Dogwood at my family's lake property in May. For those pictures click here. )
A painted lady paid a visit in May.