Early Blooms for Emerging Pollinators

Hooked-spur Violet seeded itself into a crack in the rocks.

Pollinator gardens often, at least initially, concentrate on the mid to late summer sunny meadow flowers, which service a great many bees and butterflies. These gardens are lovely projects that help many pollinators, but they do not provide for the full spectrum of pollinators. Adding spring blooms for emerging bees and specialist bees adds to effectiveness of pollinator gardens.

Willows, species Blueberries, American Fly Honeysuckle, and Leatherwood are early blooming native shrubs, very important for emerging pollinators. They are seldom offered by garden centres but worth seeking at native plant nurseries.

For more information on specialist bees.

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