Ottawa cousins of Toronto’s unofficial bee

When I began learning about native bees two years ago, I was delighted to find the PDF book, Bees of Toronto. There aren't many Ontario-specific resources, let alone ones from Ottawa. Now we're lucky to have the Wild Pollinator Partners blog posts and events that highlight native bees in our area. After reading Bees of … Continue reading Ottawa cousins of Toronto’s unofficial bee

Resident spring bees and visiting butterflies

Since warmer weather arrived here in Ottawa at the end of May, there's been a lot more pollinator activity in my garden. I've observed ground and cavity nesting bees, queen bumblebees, and a few butterflies. Inconvenient (for me) ground nests I've spotted lots of bees going into ground nests all over the front and back … Continue reading Resident spring bees and visiting butterflies

May 2019: slow start to spring

While the calendar was turned to May last month, it felt more like March in Ottawa. The miserable, cool weather limited pollinator activity in the garden, slowed plants emerging from the ground, delayed blooms, and prevented seed germination. Temperature and pollinator activity Throughout the month, local gardeners shared my concerns about the dearth of pollinators. … Continue reading May 2019: slow start to spring