It's everyone else's birthday now! 4 weeks since I started a whole bunch of seedlings. Everyone's now moved out into their own containers and growing along steadily, all at their own pace. I don't have any flags or party hats today because eeeehhhhhh effort, but have some photos anyway!
Right now I have: 13 sunflowers, 4 spinach plants, 5 cucamelons and 7 thyme plants left.
I only repotted most of them yesterday, so although I did get special vegetable patch fertilizer I'm gonna wait a few more days at least before I actually start giving that, just to make sure I don't actually burn their roots that are already damaged from repotting. Still, I think they generally look alright for plants that are just a few weeks old!
If anyone wants me to post comparison/progress photos for a specific plant let me know!
Bonus: I think the sunflowers are about to start dropping their seedling leaves!
New arrangement by me: 🪴 @dat_phan 📷 Photo: by me #DatPhan Wishing everyone many positive blessings this year! Now I sound like a Fortune Cookie 🤣 This is my favorite arrangement so far. #Happiness #GreenThumb #DatPhanAndFriends #Flowers #Plants 🌱 🌸 🍃🌺 🌹 💚 🌿 #Gardening #Garden #gardensofinstagram #Greens @katieannsullivan @jasper_sulliphan https://www.instagram.com/p/CNfl_L7HC82/?igshid=zdi30z2estvc
Pollinator of Focus for Plant Diversity: Hawaiian | Hylaeus Yellow-Faced (Masked) Bee
As of September 30th, 2016, seven of the Hylaeus bee genus have been placed on the the U.S. critically endangered list, an alarming first for the bee species.
What happened to them?
Factors behind their population decline include:
The growing invasion of predatory species (Argentine ants and wasps).
The introduction of foreign flora from human efforts to reinvigorate Hawaiian sites impacted by wildfires.
Unregulated use of insecticides.
Destruction of habitats from urbanization and land use conversion.
Their role in plant and flower diversity:
Masked bees are no larger than a quarter of an inch, unlike their larger sized counterparts, honey bees, which were brought to Hawaii in 1857. Due to their small size, masked bees are allowed to burrow into deep throated flowers for nectar and pollen, where larger sized bees are unable to get through.
(Image of a Swamp Milkweed)
["Solitary bee (Hylaeus?), Sandy, Bedfordshire" byorangeaurochs is licensed under CC BY 2.0]
"Swamp Milkweed (1817)" by Swallowtail Garden Seeds is marked with CC PDM 1.0