There isn't a whole heck of a lot to see these days in our "Garden". But there's still important stuff happening. Since we began this project in April, the soil has gone from a medium brown to a deep, rich black. That will be helped along with composting. Nothing will be wasted. Even orange peels. Everything will eventually get chopped up and spread along the bank, and this coming Spring things will really come alive.
View the entire history of The Wildflower Project on it's blog at: EHS Pleasant Street Wildflower Project
Pollinator Factoid: Native Bee Biology
There is an astonishing diversity of native bees across the USA. About 4,000 species have been identified and catalogued, ranging in length from less than one eighth of an inch to more than one inch. They vary in color from dark brown or black to metallic green or blue, and may have stripes of red, white, orange, or yellow. Many common names reflect the way they build nests: plasterer bees, leafcutter bees, mason bees, wool carder bees, digger bees, and carpenter bees.
Others are named after particular traits, such as cuckoo bees that lay eggs in the nests of other bee species (like the cuckoo bird), sweat bees that like to drink salty perspiration, or bumble bees, who got their name from the loud humming noise they make while flying. Since most don’t fit the stereotyped image of a bee (black-and-yellow-striped, living in a hive, and apt to sting) they are easily overlooked. Out of sight, out of mind they gently get on with foraging, and in doing so provide the vital ecosystem service of pollination. (xerces.org)