Last week was National Pollinator Week. I'm not sure whether the public noticed this tribute to our wildlife friends who make one out of every three bites of our food possible. Trailhead Nursery is very conscious of these unacknowledged dynamos that pollinate our fruit and vegetable crops almost without notice. We have been focusing this year on growing native perennials that support pollinators, particularly sunflowers and other meadow plants that provide nectar and pollen to honey bees as well as over 4,000 native bees that grace our landscapes. We also avoid using any pesticides that might compromise the health of bees and other wildlife. We're not waiting for the scientific evidence that neonicotinoids and other systemic pesticides are harmful -- we're just not using them!
Our nursery is a great place to observe birds, butterflies (a male Diana Fritilary is pictured below) as well as dragonflies and other critters. Enjoy nature!