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Recovery: Bringing Back Bumble Bees

By dave
July 24, 2017

Bees are in big trouble. The good news is that virtually all ecologically literate North Americans will tell you that. The bad news is they’re worried about the wrong bees — honey bees.

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Name: Larry
Enterprise, Al. 36330 (Zone 8b)
Composter Garden Photography Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Garden Ideas: Master Level Plant Identifier Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Region: Alabama
Jul 28, 2017 6:23 PM CST
I was pulling weeds the other day, and as I was bent over I heard a loud noise "buzzing". I stood up to see what it was and was almost face to face with what seemed like hundreds of bumble bees working a Devil's Walking stick tree (Aralia spinosa). I thought for the last several years it was a Wisteria and I had pruned it back several times trying to prune it into a tree shape. I guess I succeeded, it is now a tree.
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This is the first year the tree and one in my neighbors yard has ever bloomed, and I think it was because we had trees cut by the power company that allowed direct sunlight to reach these trees and allow them to bloom. The bees seem to prefer this over anything else in the garden. I had never seen so many bumble bees and a few other types of bees on one plant.

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