Perennials for Pollinators

The third week of June is National Pollinator Week. As it happens, the entire month of June is “National Perennial Garden Month.” So combining the two national celebrations, allow me to introduce you to some on the many lovely low-water Southwest native perennials for Southwest pollinators. Pollinators in the Southwest When it comes to pollinators, the American Southwest is one of the most species diverse habitats in the world, with native species of bees, butterflies, moths, bats, and hummingbirds all busy pollinating our plants. The diversity makes sense when you […]

How to Simply Help the Pollinators

Every living thing needs food, water, and a place to live, and bees are no exception – even our native solitary bees need water.  It’s a Dry Heat Help bees stay cool in the heat by offering them a safe space to get their needed water.  If you have fruit trees, or a vegetable garden, you need the help of these busy flying friends, so it’s only fair to help them in return. Water is Important You can make a simple bee watering space with a plant saucer or pie […]

Hummers of Summer

Summertime is hummer time! Flowers are blooming and hummingbirds are zipping around, collecting nectar and a few insects while they are at it. Last week I mentioned that they need more than just sugar-water feeders. (Gardening for the Birds – here) This week, let’s look at how to fill your landscape with happy healthy hummingbirds! What Hummingbirds Need Every living thing on earth needs food, water, and a place to live. Hummingbirds will need shelter along with their food. Plus they can often be seen basking in a fountain – […]