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Hello everyone and welcome to the inferno....err I mean summer.  We are still getting some pretty good rains, so the wildflowers still seem to be putting on some good displays for the time being, though lots of things are still going to seed.  There are a lot of bees out there, busy collecting pollen and nectar, especially our native ones.  Have you ever wanted to know how you can identify them or help them out in your yard?  Come to the meeting on Thursday, June 27th at 6:15 on the 3rd floor of the Temple Public Library as we hear Leslie Uppinghouse, a horticulturist from the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, speak on both the identification of and creating habitats for our native bees.  It's going to be wonderful! As always, any of those that are working for Master Gardener or Master Naturalist certification will receive 1 hour of credit for attending.  You don't have to be a member to attend so invite anyone else you think might enjoy coming; the more the merrier :)

www.nationalbutterflycenter.org has a lot of information and photos on native bees.

Tiny California Digger Bee with jade green eyes 
Photos by Ilse Meier
Hill County Rest Area after replanting some of the natives June 15, 2019
Not very common dark Basket-Flower (Centaurea Americana) original seeds from Burleson Prairie
Wand milkweed (Asclepias viridiflora) on Meier property

Here's a photo from the Dorn's property of an all yellow Indian blanket that I got excited to see while I was there :)
Photo by Stephen Powell