I have really enjoyed sharing with you all that I’m learning about honey bees and planting pollinator-friendly gardens. I went on a little garden and acreage tour last week and I cannot believe how many native flowers we have on the prairies that honey bees and other pollinators absolutely love. I am really enjoying my time in the garden, and walking around our acreage this year especially, because last year I had a newborn and barely got anything into my garden, and certainly didn’t have time to do maintenance work like I needed to.
One of the things I’m most excited about in my garden is my trial flower garden. I dedicated the bottom 1/4 or so of my garden solely to flowers! I honestly can’t remember all of what I planted, as I just picked what looked pretty and what would grow well in our gardening zone. I do know that I planted dahlias for the first time, plus gladiolas and various types of lilies—my favourite!
I am trialing this first, to see how I like it and to see how well they do. If It goes well, I will get Jay to till up a new flowers-only garden for me in the fall! I can’t wait! I also planted my Buzzing Garden in this section, and slowly things are starting to germinate! I can’t wait to see all that buzzes around, as I know I planted lots of pollinator-friendly flowers.
Here are some of the beautiful Alberta prairie wildflowers on our acreage. These are called slender beardtongues and they add such pretty pops of colour to the native grass.
These are yarrows, beautiful clusters of white flowers.
I was browsing through the Learning Centre as I am fascinated about learning what the native flowers are, and what flowers to specifically look for and plant to attract pollinators. These types are specifically listed for Alberta, so I will need to keep an eye out for them:
- Black-eyed Susan
- New England aster
- Prairie crocus
In my trek I also discovered a lot of native Saskatoon bushes popping up. I am excited for Saskatoon pie season!
I also planted 3 red raspberry bushes this year, they are recommended to attract honey bees (and also to grow delicious fresh raspberries which I can turn into jam!).
Here are some of my veggies that are starting to flower. My cucumbers, which are just starting to flower, will need the help of honey bees, or other pollinators, in order to produce fruit.
Tomatoes, are self-pollinating, but I still have seen many bees hanging around my tomato bed!
Another veggie that is flowering in my garden are my potatoes. Did you know potatoes and tomatoes are related? They are in the same family: the Nightshades or Solanaceae.
I also had time to really focus on planting potted flowers from our local greenhouse. I was gifted two beautiful baskets from a sweet friend, and I think I will need to fill them annually as I love how inviting and bright our front door looks!
I hope you’ve enjoyed my garden tours and a little peak into the beautiful wildflowers that grow on the Alberta prairies. Please remember to sign up for your free Buzzing Gardens seed kit and take a look at the Learning Centre for anything you’d want to learn about honey bees, planting pollinator-friendly flowers, and more!
Thanks for following along!
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