By this time next week, everything will be neatly cut and laid out flatly, to make it's way back to the Earth over the Winter. There are so many seeds in there too, it will no doubt spawn a new generation on it's own. But we'll overseed anyway, and maybe even compost on top of the old debris. This should provide a solid foundation for an incredible Wildflower Garden V2.
After not seeing a pollinator this week, I was real happy to see this guy. But the gray cold had obviously gotten the best of him and he was practically in suspended animation. Still, it was good luck to get one in the update this week.
This last patch is still hanging strong, and that's where I found our bumblebee.
The best shot of a flower was this one. Barely a quarter inch in size, or as Johnny Pest would say, 5 millimeters, it just provided a cool shot. It's tough to find anything left to shoot, but our garden never disappoints.
View the entire history of The Wildflower Project on it's blog at: EHS Pleasant Street Wildflower Project
Bee nesting habits vary greatly. For example:
- Mason bees construct nests from mud.
- Leaf cutter bees use a "wrapper" of leaves, resin and sand.
- Carder bees harvest plant fibers.
Most bees excavate their nest tunnels in sunny patches of bare ground, while others seek out abandoned beetle burrows in dead tree trunks or branches. The majority of bees are solitary, but a few, like sweat bees, bumblebees, and honeybees, are social, living in colonies that consist of a queen, her worker bee daughters and a few males, the drones.