Best Perennials for Attracting Bees and Annuals

Fall Blooming Here is a SHORT list of  fall blooming plants that grow well in Idaho heat  low humidity  alkaline soils  do not require a lot of water.    These are the best flowers I have found.  This is not a complete list by any means, and if you have some suggestions- I will add them! Asters: […]

Best Perennials for Attracting Bees and other pollinators in Idaho – Part Two: Summer bloomers

Summer Blooming Lavender: So many kinds of lavenders, so little time! I agree with the bees on this one- it’s great!  They can be very slow in greening up in the spring, but a patch of lavender is beautiful and fragrant and attractive to the bees. Lemon Balm: (Melissa officinalis) A vigorous reseeder  -there seems […]

Best NO FUSS Perennials for Attracting Bees and other pollinators in Idaho – Part One – Spring Bloomers

I have read a lot of lists of the best perennials to attract pollinators, but many of them are written by people who live in other states. I wanted to make my own list of best perennials for  the bees of Southwest Idaho, Treasure Valley, eastern Oregon  .  Our hot dry summers, low humidity, alkaline soils […]

What To Do After You Prune the Roses Without Killing the Bees and other Pollinators

After the roses are pruned, what happens next is fertilizing! I like to use a slow release fertilizer and I always add a few inches of compost around the rose. Try to keep it off of the stems. It can possibly cause damage to the stem. I do NOT use a systemic application to my […]

Winter Starvation

Here is a photo example of how a hive of bees starved this winter. The bees clump together to stay warm and keep the queen alive, but when their cluster is too small, they are not able to move very far. These bees ate all the food on this honey frame, but the next frame […]