|A happy bee on white milkweed vine, Sarcostemma clausum|
Pollinator Week begins June 17. As we witness the significant decline in honeybees, bumble bees, wild bees, butterflies and birds, let’s take this week to plant wildflowers to help out the pollinators remaining. On Saturday, Steve Woodmansee is having a native plant sale at Silent Native Nursery, 16265 SW 210 Terrace, 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Go to PlantRealFlorida.org and find specific plants and what nurseries carry them. Look for yellow top, golden rod, native wild petunia, salvia, Indian blanket, asters, Lantana involucrata, Bahama manjack, Cordia globosa, pineland or smooth strongbark, Mexican alvaradora, Passiflora pallens, Passiflora suberosa, coontie…the list is long and the time is right.
And be sure to go to the Pollinator Partnership website (http://pollinator.org/beestory.htm) and watch Isabella Rosselini’s three short films about honeybees, which may be the most charming shorts you’ll ever see.