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The Prairie Ecologist Sunflower Article

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This is a Great Article from The Prairie Ecologist on Sunflowers Click Link Below

Prairie Ecologist Sunflower Party Time Article

 

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The Great Sunflower Project Article On The BUZZ: Join Us for the Great Bee Count on Saturday, August 11, 2012

The BUZZ: Join Us for the Great Bee Count on Saturday, August 11!

Greetings citizen scientists! Our poll results are in, and, at last count, some 46% of you have sunflowers up and blooming. About one-third (34%) are still waiting for blooms (or encountered an gardening mishap), and another 21% didn’t plant sunflowers this year.

Those of you lucky enough to have sunflowers in bloom are diligently sending in your bee observations. Congratulations to all those who have already had the opportunity to observe, collect and report their data. Well done! Without your thoughtful observations, we would not have the wealth of information that we have to date.

To see results from the project using data reported up to 2012, have a look here: http://www.greatsunflower.org/results#map – you can zoom in on your area, see averages by type of garden and trends by year. Great stuff, and all because of your participation!

It’s important that you keep sending in data, so please join us and thousands of others across the country in The Great Bee Count on Saturday, August 11th.

Even if you do not have blooms on your sunflowers by August 11th, you can still be enjoy, learn and be part of the project by observing bees on other plants that you may have in bloom. Cosmos, tickseed, bee balm and echinacea, are all on our list, so you can collect data on these if your sunflowers are not blooming yet. And, it’s okay if your sunflower hasn’t bloomed yet. They will in time so you can make your 15 minute observation when they do open up.

And, this year, in support of the Great Bee Count, YourGardenShow.com will present a special online live broadcast “Double Feature” on August 11th, from 10am – noon EST (7am to 9am PST). First hour: a special “Ask Ian” Q&A show about pollination and pollinators followed by an hour of moderated interviews with bee experts talking about our pollinator friends. Join us for this one day event!: http://www.yourgardenshow.com/ask-ian

As you can see from our map, bees are declining in certain areas, and there are some areas where we have no data. Could that be your garden? The more we know, the more action will be able to be taken to preserve and enhance pollinator habitat.

Join us on August 11th!

Freddy B

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Wildflower of the Week – Oxeye Sunflower -Heliopsis helianthoides

Oxeye Sunflower, False Sunflower”

Heliopsis from the Greek word helios for “sun” and opsis for “appearance”. Helianthoides also from the Greek meaning “like Helianthus”, the sunflower. Found throughout the Tallgrass Prairie region and in other open prairie areas, especially on dry soils. Also does quite well in disturbed areas and dry woods. Blooms from June to October. Can grow to 5 feet tall with stem branched toward the top of the plant. Arrowhead-shaped leaves are opposite on the stem and can be 6 inches long. Stem may be topped by a single light yellow flower or branched into a head of many flowers. No medicinal or food uses reported but it has been used widely as an ornamental in gardens.

Edible Uses: Unknown

Medicinal Uses: Unknown

Herbal Uses: Unknown

Native wildflower Ox-eye Sunflower Heliopsis helianthoides

Oxeye Sunflower

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