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Plant trees for bees

Winter is but a memory, and the summer heat hasn’t arrived to knock us flat. It is a pleasure to work outside in the garden, and I sometimes forget to stop for the day. I do too much weeding, digging, and transplanting, so at night, I head for the ibuprofen to ease my assortment of aches and pains. Overuse of lazy muscles is a column for another week.

Today I want to write about trees for bees. I read an online article published by a beekeeper service company about trees that will attract numerous species of bees to your property. The article was accompanied by a colorful poster that highlighted specific trees and their flowers and fruits that will lure bees to your garden.

One of my favorite spring and summer garden activities is bee watching, especially the endearingly clumsy flight of one of our native bumblebees, Bombus impatiens. My second favorite activity is snapping photos of the bees bumbling about the flowers or napping on a favorite bloom. Did you know that the name “...

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