I hope everything is going well with your gardens and that you all are enjoying their beauty and bounty. We have finally got warm weather in or region and I am enjoying it immensely.
I had a chance to go through my garden journals for past seasons and reminisced about hand-pollinating squash blossoms one year because I didn’t plant enough flowers and herbs to entice pollinators to my garden. It was a very time consuming experience. I know, silly me. So of course, the next year I planted flowers like cosmos, sunflowers, daisies, yarrow, asters, alyssum, lupine, phlox, zinnias, Sweet William and Black-eyed Susans to attract bees. I also planted several types of milkweed, ironweed, dill, oregano, parsley, fennel and lemon mint to draw in butterflies and wasps. I purchased all the seeds at end of season sales from two seed companies for only $8.60. It was a great deal for me because I harvest the seeds from those plants every year and take advantage of the added benefit of having a beautiful, heavily-pollinated garden.
Well, I have to close for now. Thanks for dropping by and happy gardening!