The Birds and the Bees

The Birds and the Bees

   "Let me tell you 'bout the birds and the bees and the flowers and the trees.."  So starts a song from long ago.  Well, that just reminds me off all our hard-working friends out in nature, buzzing and flitting about as they go about their jobs.  Did you know that the week of June 20 was National Pollinators Week?  All across the nation, awareness is being raised about how important it is to protect and foster a good pollinator habitat. They pollinate crops for food as well as help propagate the plants in our gardens. 

     The ideal habitat for our pollinator friends is a diverse mix of flowers, trees, shrubs, herbs, annuals, and even weeds!  School programs are teaching kids how easy it is to plant a garden and learn about nature.  But don't feel bad if Pollinator Week slipped past your radar. Our pollinators appreciate your awareness year round.  And what it you don't live somewhere that you can put in a big garden?  Don't be stressed--even a few pots of colorful tropical plants  will attract  hummingbirds, butterflies, and moths.  Sneak out at night --look what's slurping on my hoya!    

   I'm a pollinator and I'm looking for a feast!   

If I like your menu, I'll be back to say the least..

For nectar so delectable with friends I shall return,

It's a simple lesson, teach your children so they learn!  

   If you'd like to learn more about gardening for pollinators, there are two fact sheets on the OSU website you will find helpful.  Go to http://facts.okstate.edu  and type the fact sheet number in the search field at top right.  These are HLA-6435  (Landscaping and Gardening for Birds) and HLA-6430  (Landscaping to attract Butterflies, Moths, and Skippers).

   If you plant it, they will come!   



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