A Reader’s Suggestion

When I posted about our wall of Lemon Queen sunflowers, Jen suggested I investigate The Great Sunflower Project.

Lemon Queen sunflower seeds

The purpose of the project is to gather information about urban, suburban and rural bee populations and to provide the tools to learn about what is happening with the pollinators in individual yards.

A row of sunflowers in 2014 in the yard at The Glade.

People all over the United States collect data on pollinators in their yards, gardens, schools and parks. The number and types of pollinators visiting plants (especially sunflowers) are counted. Thanks to thousands of observers, the strength or weakness of pollinator service in a certain area can be determined.

Hylaeus (Yellow faced or Yellow Masked Bees)

This is important because scientific studies suggest that both honey bee and native bee populations are in trouble which might be affecting pollination of gardens, crops and wild lands.

Looking for pollinators: bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds.

The average person can help by counting and recording how many pollinators visit Lemon Queen sunflowers.

Lemon Queen sunflowers take 75 to 90 to bloom.

We have already planted Ferry-Morse sunflowers “Lemon Queen” variety. The issue is have we planted seeds that have not had a neonicotinoid seed treatment.  I have an email into the seed company with a request for this information. I’ll share the response when I receive it.

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Author: Jo

Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just begun and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights. We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a midcentury house in a Victorian historic district where we want to live there the rest of our lives. It's a 1946 house located in Maryland. We were married in this house. Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes. So this latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here since 1997 and feeling a need to ready the house for the next chapter and beyond.

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