- May 18, 2019 at 5:28 pm #3221
Because of our bee and butterfly population going to basically zero here in our neighborhood, my neighbors and I have been planting wildflowers and nurturing flowers more than our fruit trees and berry bushes and veggie plots. My dandelions bloomed several weeks ago and we saw several butterflies on the same day for the first time in three years. This week saw my wild roses begin blooming. I couldn’t be happier! My Scarlet Clover should kick in next month and my newly planted wildflowers in July and August. Our fingers are crossed that our efforts will pay off and our peaches and blackberries and tomatoes will once again thrive. But in the meantime I’m just enjoying the colors and the beauty of these rose bushes growing in a little corner of my homestead.
May 23, 2019 at 12:22 pm #3276Foxfire HomesteadParticipant
We’ve seen very few bees this year, but the privet bushes were absolutely COVERED in butterflies while they bloomed. Hoping we’ll see more critters soon as the beans are blooming all over the place and my biggest comfrey plant is about to flower. Syrphid flies have been good though, lots of them and ladybugs all over eating bugs.
As for what’s growing… COMFREY! Forty six plants I counted the other day. At least that many still unless the chickens ate em. Beans and borage popping up everywhere and the corn is doing better than I thought it would. It’s my first time growing corn.June 2, 2019 at 12:20 am #3308Porters PlaceParticipant
I love this time of year for the wild berry trees are in full bloom and the bees are buzzing!
We have a succession of flowering trees starting with the pincherries, then the Saskatoons and plum trees followed by our apple trees and finally the chokecherries and sour cherries.
The yard just smells wonderful and the place is alive with the different pollinators.June 2, 2019 at 2:10 am #3311
Wow Nate -that’s a LOT of comfrey!June 2, 2019 at 3:34 am #3312
Forgive my ignorance Patrice – but I didn’t realize your growing season was long enough or warm enough to produce plums, apples, and cherries! What else can you bring to harvest in Saskatchewan?
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