In the garden: Pollinators
I've done a fantastic job [lambert blushes modestly] with plants to attract pollinators:
When that stand of bee balm kicks in, I'm going to get squadrons of hummingbirds. (I already have a couple, as in "we're in a relationship," of cardinals, which is new; they seem to like the straw of the beds.)
But there's one fly in the ointment, if indeed there were a fly, or ointment:
Nothing for the pollinators to pollinate (besides the attractors). Could do better. None of the seeds I planted in that seafood mulch have germinated. "Could to better," carrots! "Could do better," cukes! "Could do better," squash! Maybe I just need to be more patient ; after all, I thought I'd killed a raspberry patch -- but no fear of that! I think I'm going to have to go to the farmer's market this weekend and fill up the remaining beds with whatever the heck is there; even cabbage!
Anyhow, back to the pollinators: Butterflies, bumble bees, and several varieties of wasp. My outdoor desk seems to exert a peculiar attraction for one big black wasp: It likes to chew the wood; I can even hear little crunching noises as it works its along the edge of my desk. I hate and fear wasps -- projection, of course -- and so I'd like to know what made my desk an attractor: Rotting cellulose? I did leave the desk out in the snow over the winter, so now it has a rugged, weathered look, as it prepares to merge with the soil in a decade or so....