Why Pollinators are the Bomb

Posted by Kellie Natoli on Jun 24, 2016 2:11:08 PM

We've spent this week celebrating pollinators...  

Birds, bats, bees, butterflies, beetles, and other small mammals that pollinate plants are included in this group of amazing beings.  Thank you for your enthusiasm celebrating National Pollinator Week from June 20- June 24, 2016.  In case you missed it, learn why we think so highly of pollinators.

The main reasons why pollinators are the bomb:

  • Pollinators provide pollination services to over 180,000 different plant species and more than 1200 crops.  That means pollinators are responsible for 1 out of 3 bites of food we take each day. 
  • Pollinating animals travel from plant to plant carrying pollen on their bodies in a vital interaction that allows the transfer of genetic material critical to the reproductive system of most flowering plants.
  • Pollinators provide pollination services to over 180,000 different plant species and more than 1200 crops.
  • If we want to talk dollars and cents, pollinators add 217 billion dollars to the global economy.
  • Honey bees alone are responsible for between 1.2 and 5.4 billion dollars in agricultural productivity in the United States.
  • Pollinators support healthy ecosystems that clean the air, stabilize soils, protect from sever weather, and support other wildlife.

 

Enjoy these photos of beautiful pollinators throughout our nursery.
#pollinatorweek #pollination #Sacramentonursery


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The infamous Buckeye Butterfly.  One of the most prominent and common butterflies in Sacramento.  They keep our gardens pretty and our tomato plants producing fruit.  

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One of the beetles that pollinates...a lady beetle or lady bug to be exact.  Did you know that lady beetles also eat aphids?  They can eat upwards of 100 aphids per day!  

 

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This photo was snapped by one of our favorite patio personnel, Deborah at our Elk Grove store.  She has a keen eye for insects, since her background is in entomology.

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 Yes, according to the Native Bee Conservancy, even frogs can be considered pollinators.  Do you see him?  Hopping from one plant to another he deposits pollen can be a pollinating powerhouse.

 

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Butterfly on, that's right, you guessed it, BUTTERFLY Bush!  Any variety of Buddleia is a butterfly magnet.  Buddleia = Butterflies

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And of course the most popular type of pollinator, the bee.  First stop, hydrangea, and hopefully it's next stop is our veggie garden.

 


Thanks for celebrating National Pollinator Week with us this week.  We hope that you learned a thing or two about these beautiful and essential creatures in our habitat.  Without them, we'd surely be hungry, or at least lack much of the variety of fruits and veggies available to us in California.  

If you already have a pollinator habitat, consider registering it with the Million Pollinator Garden Challenge to help the cause.  If you would like more pollinators in your yard, next time you're thinking of what to plant, give a nod to a pollinator and plant something to keep them coming back.  
 

Interested in plants that attract pollinators seasonally?
download our guide!

 

Pollinator Plants



 **Credits**
Thank you to Pollinator.org for some interesting statistics about pollinators.  Thank you to Ashley and Deborah from our stores for your stellar photos.

Topics: Flowers, Butterflies, pollinators, Bees, Million Pollinator Garden Challenge

Million Pollinator Garden Challenge

Posted by Green Acres Nursery & Supply on May 2, 2016 2:57:43 PM

Did you know that one out of every three bites of food you eat is supplied by pollinators? 


Poppybees-1.jpgOne of the largest threats to pollinators today is a loss of habitat and food, and the Pollinator Partnership has come up with a creative solution. The Million Pollinator Garden Challenge encourages gardeners to devote a planting space to pollinator-friendly plants, and then register their garden here, in hopes of reaching one million registered gardens.  

Registered gardens include the location, size and the varieties of plants included in a garden. The Pollinator Partnership website is rich with resources about what types of plants are best for the pollinators in your region

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Green Acres Nursery & Supply has a large selection of flowering perennials, trees, and shrubs (including California natives) which attract all sorts of pollinators such as bees, bats, butterflies, and birds. 

As of spring 2016, there are almost 200,000 registered gardens, and we'd like to help the Pollinator Partnership reach their goal! 

Click the button below to learn about how to create a pollinator-friendly garden.

Appealing to Pollinators

 

 

Topics: Butterflies, pollinators, Bees, Million Pollinator Garden Challenge

Our Plant Pick: Columbine

Posted by Green Acres Nursery & Supply on Apr 13, 2016 6:18:56 PM

Our Plant Pick: Columbine
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Columbine (Aquilegia spp) is truly a perennial for the birds. It's botanical name comes from the Latin word aquila, which means eagle, referring to the flower's spurs which resemble an eagle's talons. It's common name is derived from the Latin word columba, meaning dove, as the inverted flowers of certain varieties resemble five doves huddled together. Finally, the beautifully spurred petals of this perennial are loaded with nectar, making them irresistible to hummingbirds. 

Nate_Aquilegia-158903-edited.jpgColumbines are happiest when nestled in dappled shade or morning sun; they're not suited to afternoon sun in the Sacramento Valley. Reaching only about 1-2' high and wide, they're excellent for filling a spring pot-up, or tucked into a shady bed. They can be found in a myriad of colors, and even when they aren't in bloom, their delicate foliage lends textural interest to the garden. Their best quality has to be the beneficial wildlife they attract- from hummingbirds to butterflies, very few pollinators can resist the charm of this whimsical woodland plant. 

It's Nate's plant pick because:

"It's very versatile, you can grow it in a container or in the ground and it's a hummingbird magnet!"

Want to make friends with small-winged wildlife? 

Appealing to Pollinators

Topics: Flowers, Container Ideas, Hummingbirds, Butterflies

Our Plant Pick: Flowering Dogwoods

Posted by Green Acres Nursery & Supply on Mar 31, 2016 1:33:01 PM

Our Plant Pick: Flowering Dogwoods

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Flowering Dogwoods (Cornus florida) are small, deciduous trees with an elegant broadly pyramidal crown. In their natural environment on the east coast of North America, they are considered to be an "understory tree", meaning they grow beneath the dappled shade of taller trees in the woods. In our climate, they require afternoon shade, and prefer well-mulched, slightly acidic soil.

Carly_Dogwood-262330-edited.jpgDogwoods are slow-growing, eventually reaching 15-30 feet tall. Every spring before leaf-out, the branches are nearly obscured by showy flower bracts in pink or white. The true flowers are small, but the bracts which surround them can last for weeks, making these show-stopping trees truly worth the wait. The flowers, which are extremely enticing to butterflies, are followed by small red fruit which is adored by songbirds. It's Carly's plant pick because:

"I just can't wait for these to bloom every year. I love to pass by them in the nursery and stop to admire the enchanting flowers."

 

 Did you Know? Flowering Dogwoods are ideal companions to Japanese Maples in the landscape.   Our Favorite Japanese Maples

Topics: Flowers, Butterflies, Japanese Maples, Flowering Dogwoods

Our Plant Pick-of-the-Week: Princess Flower

Posted by Green Acres Nursery & Supply on Aug 27, 2015 9:28:20 AM

Our Plant Pick-of-the-Week: Princess Flower

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Princess Flower (Tibouchina urvilleana) is a semi-evergreen shrub native to Brazil. It has velvety medium-green leaves and vivid, electric purple flowers which are well suited to its royal namesake. In our climate it flourishes in the heat of summer, boasting a very long bloom season spring through fall. Given its tropical origins, it's no surprise that Princess Flowers are sensitive when it comes to frost. Hardy to 25-30°F, they must be protected in the winter. This love for heat and cold intolerance make this noble shrub best suited for enclosed courtyards, near pools or in containers.

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Due to our chilly winters, Princess Flower usually only reaches 6-7ft high and wide in the Sacramento area. However, if it is in a protected area where it is particularly happy, it might eventually reach 15ft, making it an ideal candidate to train into a small tree. It's deeply saturated blue-violet blossoms adorned with elegant, curly stamens are irresistible to butterflies, making Princess Flower a wonderful addition to a tropical-themed pollinator garden.  

 

It's Linda's pick-of-the-week because:

"I love how versatile it is, you can prune to shape it any way you want. The velvety foliage tinged with red and those unbelievable purple flowers look so luxurious!"

 

 

 

 

Want to create your own tropical Pollinator Paradise? Here's some inspiration...
 
Canna 'Tropicanna Black'

 

Topics: Tropicals, Shrubs, Container Ideas, Summer, Summer Flowers, Butterflies

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