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‘Tis The Season for Honey Bees At Work!

Sometimes the pictures speak for themselves. Words are superfluous! Educationally, discussing pollen, pollinators, honey bees, and more, while important and interesting, are perhaps less important than the visual images alone. I see these bee pics as falling in that category.

Honey bees are essential pollinators, playing a critical role in the ecosystem and agriculture. These industrious insects transfer pollen from the male anthers of a flower to the female stigma, facilitating plant reproduction. This process is vital for the production of fruits, vegetables, and nuts. Approximately 75% of the world’s flowering plants and about 35% of global food crops depend on animal pollinators, with honey bees being the most significant contributors.

Their effectiveness as pollinators is due to their social structure and foraging behavior. A single bee colony can pollinate thousands of flowers daily, ensuring biodiversity and food security. Moreover, honey bees enhance crop yields and quality, supporting agricultural economies. However, threats such as pesticides, habitat loss, and diseases are causing bee populations to decline, highlighting the urgent need for conservation efforts to protect these invaluable pollinators and maintain ecological balance.  Pollen Sacks Are The Product Of A Good Effort By Our Bee Friend.

Honey Bee With Pollen Sacks: A Good Day’s Work By this Amazing Pollinator!

To attract pollinators in Boulder, incorporating a variety of perennials into your garden can create a vibrant and sustainable ecosystem. Native plants are particularly effective as they are adapted to the local climate and soil conditions, providing reliable food sources for pollinators such as bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds.

Bee Balm (Monarda)** is a top choice, producing bright, tubular flowers that attract bees and hummingbirds. It thrives in full sun and well-drained soil. **Echinacea (Coneflower)** is another excellent perennial, known for its large, daisy-like flowers that are particularly attractive to butterflies and bees. They are drought-tolerant and bloom from midsummer to fall.

Lavender (Lavandula)** is both beautiful and aromatic, drawing in a variety of pollinators. It prefers sunny locations and well-drained soil. **Milkweed (Asclepias)** is essential for monarch butterflies, providing a habitat for their larvae. Common varieties like butterfly weed (Asclepias tuberosa) are perfect for Boulder’s conditions.

Penstemon (Beardtongue)** produces tubular flowers that attract hummingbirds and bees. It’s drought-tolerant and thrives in full sun. **Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta)** is another hardy perennial, offering bright yellow flowers that bloom from summer to fall, attracting a range of pollinators.

By incorporating these perennials, you can create a pollinator-friendly garden that supports local biodiversity and enhances the beauty of your Boulder landscape. As an old friend said, “good, and good for you!”

Acknowledging That I’m A Big Mouth Does NOT Help. These Pics Leave Me At A Loss For Words.

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Lenny Lensworth Frieling

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Leonard Frieling Pen Of Justice Legal Blogger
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  • Photographer of the Year, AboutBoulder 2023
  • First Chair and Originator of the Colorado Bar Association’s Cannabis Law Committee, a National first.
  • Previous Chair, Boulder Criminal Defense Bar (8 years)
  • Twice chair Executive Counsel, Colorado Bar Association Criminal Law Section
  • NORML Distinguished Counsel Circle
  • Life Member, NORML Legal Committee
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  • Chair, Colorado NORML, 7 years including during the successful effort to legalize recreational pot in Colorado
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  • Board member, Author, and Editor for Criminal Law Articles for the Colorado Lawyer, primary publication of the Colorado Bar Assoc. 7 Years, in addition to having 2 Colorado Lawyer cover photos, and numerous articles for the Colorado Lawyer monthly publication.
  • LEAP Speaker, multi-published author, University lectures Univ. of Colorado, Boulder, Denver University Law School, Univ. of New Mexico, Las Vegas NM, and many other schools at all levels.
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