Gardening for Butterflies, Birds and Bees forum: Houston, TX, gardening for butterflies and birds, but NOT bees?

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Name: Melissa E. Keyes
St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands
Zone 11+
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coconut
Nov 8, 2012 11:37 AM CST
Any suggestions? No bees. Whatta thought, but this is for a friend who is totally allergic to bee sting. Bees don't seem to be attracted to Adeniums.
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Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
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plantladylin
Nov 8, 2012 12:09 PM CST
Melissa: Wow, that is a beautiful bloom!! Is that an Adenium?

Re: Bees ... I wouldn't want to get stung by them but they sure are necessary and a good insect to have in the garden for pollination. I grow many perennials that attract butterflies and hummingbirds but not a lot of bees but I'm not sure of particular plants for the Houston, Texas area. I'm sure someone will come along soon with some suggestions for you but you might want to post your question over on the Texas Gardening forum also: http://garden.org/forums/view/texas/
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Name: Melissa E. Keyes
St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands
Zone 11+
Charter ATP Member
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coconut
Nov 8, 2012 12:15 PM CST
Thanks, Lin!

Yes, an Adenium. This one is aptly named "Triple Amazing Thailand"

This one is.... "Triple Santa Claus"

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Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
Region: United States of America Morning Glories Region: Florida Houseplants Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
Garden Procrastinator Birds Butterflies Bee Lover Hummingbirder Container Gardener
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plantladylin
Nov 8, 2012 1:32 PM CST
Oh my goodness ... another gorgeous bloom! I tried growing Adenium's a few times but they always ended up rotting away during the rainy season. One of these days I may try another one and try to keep it in an area away from excessive water. Green Grin!
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