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Fall Asters: Let them grow. Roadside, meadow and wild flowers (and cultivated fall-blooming annuals, too) are necessary to solitary pollen bees. Asters (perennial) Joe-Pye Weeds (perennial) Goldenrod (perennial) Marigolds (annual) Sunflower (annual) Cleome (annual) Barberry (shrub) Zinnias (annual) Sedum (perennial)

Fall is the time to get some bulbs in the ground. Think ahead... the bees will need these early flowers in the spring.

Tolerate Weeds for Pollen Bees

Fall forage for bees... let Borage grow in your garden late into the autumn to help pollen bees gather essential food. Find more bee info pins here

Flower Sandwich. Scientists have recently discovered a rare, solitary type of bee (Osmia avosetta) that makes tiny little nests by plastering together flower petals. Each nest is a multicolored, textured little cocoon - a papier-mache husk surrounding a single egg, and protecting it while it metamorphoses into an adult.

Purple-Petunias For Pollen Bees

Here's a very good information-rich story about the current solitary pollen bee situation with plenty of food for thought.