aka The Frazzled Mom
From The Xerces Society, what first attracted me to this book was the title “100 Plants to Feed the Bees” (aka 100 Plants to Save the Bees). Around my house, on occasion I noticed a bee here or there that’s on the ground dying. I may not like to be near them or stung by them (been there, done that), but that doesn’t mean I don’t appreciate the role they play in our world. Bees are highly important and I’d like to do my part to help them as much as I can.
The book dedication says it all: “To everyone who ears up their front yard to plant big chaotic wildflower gardens, to farmers who think hedgerows and wildflower field borders are just as important as crops, to guerrilla gardeners who throw native wildflower seed out of their car windows onto freeway medians”.
The book contains an extensive list of wildflowers, trees, shrubs, herbs, ornamentals and pasture plants. Each plant is featured with a prominent picture, an explanation of the species, what insects it attracts, the sun exposure, the water requirements, map of where to grow(US and Canada),
bloom time, color, height and uses. I find this extremely helpful, especially when looking for water-wise plants that will still attract bees and butterflies.
There are so many factors to consider when setting up a garden. While tossing wildflower seeds into the wind is one method, I prefer to plan out my design. This book would be a great asset in choosing what plants to include in my garden. I highly recommend it to passionate gardeners as well as to anyone that wants to help with the bee and butterfly populations. As a bonus, most of those plants also attract hummingbirds.
This book is available for purchase at most bookstores just in time for the holidays. It’s the perfect gift for the garden enthusiast or bee lover.
For more information on The Xerces Society, please visit there website.