A BIT OF GOOD NEWS ON A LOVELY SPRING DAY

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Spring began a good month early in Kansas City. Crocuses were blooming by mid-February; daffodils were up before the end of the month.

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By now, magnolias, forsythias,  and crabapples, are done. Redbuds and azaleas are on their way out . . .

. . . but wild violets and lilacs are at their peak.

And, of course, their are plenty of dandelions.

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Clearly, we’re not lacking for blossoms. But something is missing? What is it? Bees.

Almost every afternoon, I walk for an hour or so, and during flower season, I listen for buzzing and look for bees hovering around blooms.  Although a variety of plants have been blossoming for a couple of months now, I’ve yet to see a single bee.

But guess what. I’m happy to report a bit of good news (for a change). Garden-care giant Ortho announced today (April 12, 2016) that by 2021 it will discontinue the production of pesticides containing neonicotinoids, a class of chemicals that are particularly harmful to bees.

You can read all about it here:

http://www.usnews.com/news/business/articles/2016-04-12/apnewsbreak-ortho-to-drop-chemicals-linked-to-bee-declines

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