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Name: Britnay
Detroit Mi (Zone 6a)
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Sep 11, 2016 1:51 PM CST
This year I have planted several different plants o my property to encourage bees to come. I'm learning as time goes on. However, I once seen an online article saying something about actually having a small bee hive delivered to your property.
Doe that actually happen? Does anybody know where I could find information on it? Do I call my city hall? I can't seem to find that article I seen. Glare Shrug!
Lord please let this seed not be a weed!
Name: Melanie
Lutz, Florida (Zone 9b)
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Sep 11, 2016 3:13 PM CST
Welcome! Britnay!

I reposted your thread in the bee thread where we discuss all things pollinator. Help will be along soon, I'm sure. In the meantime, we've been talking bee houses lately. You can check it out here: The thread "Bee Friends And Other Garden Guests - Chapter 5" in Gardening for Butterflies, Birds and Bees forum Yeah, it's a long thread so if you just want to read the latest pages, I would recommend that.
Texas (Zone 8a)
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Sep 11, 2016 3:54 PM CST
Welcome! Britnay!
I am a lover of native bees. Yes, I *guess* you could have a bee hive delivered...but what is your ultimate goal? Do you want to harvest honey or do you just want bees that will pollinate your plants? Bee boxes are a great way to encourage solitary bees (those that don't live in hives). They are the most beneficial bees in the landscape. As Melanie pointed out, the Bee Friends thread is chock-a-block full of information on this subject.

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Name: Robin
Southern Michigan (Zone 6a)
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Sep 11, 2016 6:42 PM CST
Welcome! Britnay, my fellow Michigander!
Name: Cheryl
Brownstown, Pennsylvania (Zone 6b)
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Sep 12, 2016 8:35 PM CST
Hi Britnay! Welcome! Love your dress!

As Mellie suggested, you'll learn so much by going over to the thread where we all discuss and share photos and information about bees! Hurray! We'd love to see some of what you've planted and help you along to make your own choices. Did you know that Honey bees that produce honey and live in hives are originally from Europe? Many people don't realize that there are many more native bees(to America) that have always been around and live outside of hives: in the ground, in between rock crevices, under bark etc.They usually don't sting like the honey bee can, and they often do an even better job at pollination!! They need help too-- not just the honey bee. There's even lots of unusual and interesting wasps that don't always sting and keep the balance of beneficial insects in your garden. Even varieties of strange flies do the job. So here's a few photos of some "native bees" and wasps and other pollinators. I hope you'll be intrigued Britnay:

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If you'd like to start small, here's link to a mail order place to buy the little tube nest and bees you see in the left column third down. It's a leaf cutter bee.
We're a friendly bunch here to help you learn more. You can send me a "treemail" here at NGA anytime!
"My work is loving the world. Here the sunflowers, there the hummingbird — equal seekers of sweetness. Here the clam deep in the speckled sand. Are my boots old? Is my coat torn? Am I no longer young, and still not half-perfect? Let me keep my mind on what matters, which is my work which is mostly standing still and learning to be astonished." — Mary Oliver, from Messenger
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Name: Britnay
Detroit Mi (Zone 6a)
Oh! What's that?! ....oops...
Sep 15, 2016 6:25 PM CST
Thanks for all the tips! I'll keep an eye open in the forum! Thank You!
Lord please let this seed not be a weed!

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