by K. Marc Teffeau, Ph.D.
Planting for Pollinators Outside, off of my back patio, I have a very large purple coneflower plant. It is at least five feet tall and has multiple f lower stems with at least 54 individual blossoms! I have really enjoyed seeing all the bumblebees, solitary bees and flies visiting the f lowers and collecting the pollen. Recently, the fence for our backyard was completed so I am now in the landscape design phase. Being old school, I will take out the graph paper and put pencil to paper to come up with various designs and uses for this small area. No CAD design stuff for me! One of the plantings that I am definitely going to do is a pollinator garden of perennial f lowers like the purple conef lower. We are aware of the current situation with the major decline in the honeybee population from colony collapse disorder and other causes. Any plantings that we can add to our landscapes to provide food sourc-
es for honey and native bees, butterf lies, beetles and f lies will be of benefit. August is a good time to evaluate your landscape and see if you can add perennials to the f lower bed to attract pollinators. Helpful information is available on the Internet about establishing a pollinator garden. If you go to pollinator.org/beesmartapp.htm you can find out about a bee â€œappâ€? that you can download to your cell phone or tablet from Google Play 83