You may have been told that bees are beneficial and that they pollinate a lot of agricultural crops. Most of the time when people talk about bees, they are talking about foreign honeybees, which were brought to North America by Europeans in the 17th century.
Honeybees are fine, but many bees that we see and call honeybees are actually native bees or flies that look like bees.
There are many other bee species native to Illinois, the Midwest and North America. While they aren’t often discussed, they do a lot of pollinating.
On a sunny winter day a few years ago, I strolled into our Palos-area garden looking for signs of snowdrops
I like holiday carols. Really, I do. Honest. Don’t look at me like that. I know it’s hard to tell from the annual hit job I ...
If ever there was dark side to an avocation based on goodness and light, it is the idea of a “gardening competition.”
Back in January 1906, the Gardener’s Monthly Magazine featured these women perusing seed catalogs and magazines.
I once knew a woman who vacuumed her rock garden. Seems a revered expert from the East Coast was coming on an inspection tour …