has anyone ever tried planting strawberries beneath & around blueberries?
Jocelyn Campbell wrote:"who cares if I don't have all the things 'just so.'"
Exactly! The bees certainly don't care! As an update to my earlier post, the spiral garden with the salvaged PUD disk is completely covered with the thyme - and in full bloom, it is just covered with the bees! I can't see whether the bees are taking advantage of the water, but it's there for them. The bees loved the kiddie-pool waterer with all the duckweed earlier in the spring; now I don't see them there as much. It is in a rather shaded area beneath the willows. On the goldfish pond, though, I see them every day. I placed some moss over the rocks surrounding the pond. The moss droops into the water and acts like a sponge. The bees are all over it. Wasps come and go. Nobody seems to care. Another favorite place I see them in mid-afternoon is in some old 4-inch pots that I have in a tray; many have cuttings that I'm waiting to take hold, so I optimistically water them, but they don't look like they will make it ... and then I started noticing the bees on the surface - sometimes 6 or more at a time in one pot! I was thinking they must be getting minerals from the soil, because they prefer the old pots over any of the fresh water sources that I provide. They also like the water that drains out from the bottom. Go figure!