Native Home for Bees

home for a bee

What on earth is this mess? Well besides the clover (larval food for four different species of elfin butterfly–don’t you dare ever think of trying to remove all the clover again, now will you?)

Remember Friday’s post on the native gardens by the water? This was the sort of sickly looking pine in the first shot. As I was sitting there watching the water, I happened to notice a large bumble bee flying around. Then I saw it land and crawl right up to the pine and under it. It was going in and out of this little opening–the perfect little spot for a bee to make a home!

That shoot of crab grass coming up in the photo is just near the entrance to its nest. It would land just above there and crawl into the “cave” in the shrub.

Sometimes it’s nice to sit quietly and just watch. All sorts of things will show up!

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2 thoughts on “Native Home for Bees

  1. I wish people hereabouts would stop regarding clover in the same light as dandelions and crabgrass. After my previous garden was inundated with salt water from ‘Sandy’, most of the turfgrass died but all of the large swathes of clover remained green and healthy. When I put the house on market you can’t imagine how many times realtors asked “have you considered doing something about All That Clover? It would make the yard look so much nicer…” *sigh*

  2. You can thank the “good” people at Scotts for that. Clover was once regarded as very desirable in the lawn. But when the 4-step programs came out, they couldn’t figure how NOT to kill clover. Hence, clover became a “weed” just like everything else. It’s really a very sad story.

    Karla

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