Public Service for Pollinators

Public Service for Pollinators

I'll be getting an early start on

National Pollinator's Week

. First, I'll be leading a Unitarian Universalist group on an urban landscapes walk that covers public space rain gardens, invasive plants and the need for pollinators. This will happen on June 4th. Second will be a hosting of a group of Master Gardeners--with planting for pollinators being a major emphasis.

And here's where I need help.

I'm trying to compile a good list of plants that load the pantry for pollinators. The majority of my own experience is based in the Southeast. This blog, however, is reaching people all over the country. I'd like to get some feedback on what plants you are using that you observe a real preference for by pollinators. Right now, my pollinators (and bees especially) are working over the Winterberry Holly blossoms and the Lamb's Ear (

pictured, left

). Even though Lamb's Ear isn't native, the crisis for our pollinators is so great that I think Lamb's Ear needs to be a part of many, many gardens. Especially those with kids, since the leaves are so much fun to pet.

What plant do you have that the bees really seem to like? Lay it on me!

Saving Baby Birds

Saving Baby Birds

Agricultural Heritage

Agricultural Heritage