We value the native or indigenous plants in this community on the Southern end of Vancouver Island because they represent important levels in natural food webs and are representatives of ecosystems that existed long before western settlement in the 1800’s . They are often at threat of human settlement encroachment and competition by introduced species.
The time to put out your mason bees which have been overwintered in your refrigerator is when you need them to do their work. I release mine in batches. The first batch was several weeks ago when the peaches and nectarines were in bloom. This week, the pears, plums and cherries are in bloom so I just put out another batch of cocoons near my bee homes. I will save the last batch for my apple trees which bloom later.
I had to transplant this peach tree this year to the corner of the vegetable preparation building so I found another good spot to place a bee home.
You will find many articles on the internet about the invasive species of Phragmites but the one that grows here on Vancouver Island is the Native species, Phragmites australis (Cav.) Trin. ex Steud. subsp. americanus.
The following article on the Metchosin Coastal website describes an example of misidentification of this species in British Columbia. titled:
Several small clumps of Mock orange survive in the roundabout in the laneway. It was transplanted here from Hornby Island.
Kingdom Plantae –
Infrakingdom Streptophyta – land plants
Division Tracheophyta – vascular plants,
Family Hydrangeaceae –
Genus Philadelphus L. –, mock orange
Species Philadelphus lewisiiPursh – Lewis’ mock orange