365 Nature – Day 111
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When we bought our house, nearly four years ago a row of evergreen shrubs was growing along the entire front yard and I declared when we had plants suitable to replace them, they all had to go. They had been pruned away from the yard so they all hang over the sidewalk and one continually grows around a fire hydrant and requires constant pruning. There are several rhododendrons/azaleas and two California Lilacs. Personally I think the California Lilacs are ugly, scraggly things that should be removed immediately, but they do have one enormous benefit: the bees go crazy over them. They don’t bloom long, maybe a couple of weeks each year, but when they do bloom there are dozens upon dozens of bees constantly swarming around them. And not honey bees – nearly all are solitary bees, perhaps mason bees.
Today when we got home, I stood in front of them and watched the bees buzzing all over the flowers in a frenzy. I was close so I could take photos with my phone and they kept bumping into my hand and arms in their haste. Last year I think the plant bloomed early because I don’t remember many bees then. This year the timing is just right and I can see the tiny bodies of bees swarming around even from inside the house. At some point the plants will have to go, but until then I hope the bees continue to make good use of them.
She is currently writing a book about urban nature to be published by Mountaineers Books in 2019.
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