Help the bees

on Tuesday, 09 July 2013. Posted in Deer resistant, Drought tolerant, Fruit trees, New Plants

Plants for beauty and bees

Most of you know, the bees need our help.  But we still get people coming to the nursery not wanting to get a plant with too many flowers so it doesn't attract the bees.

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But a few recent headlines about dead bees and conversations with customers have gotten me thinking more about the bees and how we need to help them.  Here are some of my answers to that issue.  

beesOne, I understand if you are allergic to bee stings, there is a legitimate reason to be wary.  But after 8 years of working at the nursery, having my arms immersed in bee-laden plants day in, day out, I have never been stung.   The bees are way more interested in the flowers than you.  The yellow jackets and wasps are what to be more cautious of as well as where a nest is.  If the bees are gathering pollen, they are doing a service to us and the environment and need more flowering plants to keep them healthy and happy.  Check out this great local website I came across that is filled with interesting facts about bees and what we can do to support them and get kids excited about them.

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There are so many choices right now for bee attractant plants, come visit to get a first hand look.  The Teucrium chamaedrys, Echinacea, Lavender, Solidago, and Solidaster are loaded with bees carrying pollen to and fro.  Anything in the herb family keeps them happy.  And keep in mind having flowering plants throughout the season.  The Ericas in early spring waken the bees back to their busy duties and the Caryopteris and Agastache feed them into the fall. 

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See the previous entry for what else we can do to help the bees.

Deer resistant plants class

on Wednesday, 24 April 2013. Posted in Deer resistant, Drought tolerant, Classes

new ideas to combat the deer from munching your beautiful plants

We had fun taking our class members on a tour of the nursery and showing off some of the new plants that are deer resistant.  Like this Berberis 'Red Jewel' and a dozen other Barberries that come in all colors of the rainbow.  

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They were surprised to find out how many options they had!  Our researched and tested deer resistant plant list runs 5 pages long.  We edit our list based on what is working in the Rogue Valley, not a book that comes from the east coast or other parts of the country.  We can even finetune the list depending on where you are in the valley.  We have come to learn what the Applegate deer like versus the Ashland deer.  So come see your many options at the nursery!  And let us know what is working for you.

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If you are interested in the handout for our deer resistant plant class, find it here.  Remember, look for plants that have a strong scent (usually from an oil in the leaves), are poisonous, or have a coarse or prickly texture.  This is a starting point, the handout will explain further.  

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Don't forget our other great classes in May and June!