‘Above and Beyond’ with a bumble Bee this morning.It’s Pollinator Week, June 15-21. Roses are pollinator attractants.
Background of Pollinator Week
Pollinator Week was initiated and is managed by the Pollinator Partnership.
“Eight years ago the U.S. Senateâ€™s unanimous approval and designation of a week in June as â€œNational Pollinator Weekâ€ marked a necessary step toward addressing the urgent issue of declining pollinator populations.
Pollinator Week has now grown to be an international celebration of the valuable ecosystem services provided by bees, birds, butterflies, bats and beetles. The growing concern for pollinators is a sign of progress, but it is vital that we continue to maximize our collective effort.Â The U.S. Secretary of Agriculture signs the proclamation every year.”*
“Pollinating animals, including bees, birds, butterflies, bats, beetles and others, are vital to our delicate ecosystem, supporting terrestrial wildlife, providing healthy watershed, and more. Therefore, Pollinator Week is a week to get the importance of pollinatorsâ€™ message out to as many people as possible. It’s not too early to start thinking about an event at your school, garden, church, store, etc. Pollinators positively effect all our lives- let’s SAVE them and CELEBRATE them!” According to theÂ North American Pollinator Protection Campaign
1. The fact of two things being seen or placed closeÂ togetherÂ with contrasting effect.Â
“The juxtaposition of country & tropical creates a marshmallow garden world.”
Shown above is aÂ Proven WinnerÂ genus of plants in the mallow family,Â MalvaceaeÂ knownÂ for large showy flowers simply known as hibiscus, less widely known as ‘rose mallow‘. The magical quality of the hibiscus enchants me to sing out loud, “A Marshmallow World.”
Most of the mallows from the hibiscus (also known as ‘rose mallow’) have been used as food recorded throughout history by early classic writers. A dish of ‘marsh mallow’ considered an edible vegetable during Roman times was considered a delicacy. According to WikipediaÂ Prosper Alpinus stated in 1592 that a plant of the rose mallow kind was eaten by the Egyptians. Many of the poorer inhabitants of the world have subsisted for weeks on herbs, of which marsh mallow is one of the most common.
The juxtaposed look of country; the little red barn & tropical the; the ‘Rose Mallows’ give the garden a Marshmallow World effect. You too can have a Marshmallow World. I love these Proven Winners Summerific ‘Rose Mallow’ plants, don’t you?