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Old 10-22-2009, 05:41 PM
 
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I am looking to plant new shrubs in front of my house, but I want to make sure that they won't bring bees or wasps. Any suggestions?
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Old 10-22-2009, 06:36 PM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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Juniper bushes?
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Old 10-22-2009, 07:37 PM
 
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I am moving to NC from Connecticut. Barberry (there is one called rosy glow or something like that with red leaves and is very pretty) or endless summer hydrangeas would both be wonderful.
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Old 10-23-2009, 04:59 AM
 
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Another Barberry vote as the red species helps break up the endless green of summer. Here's a link to pics of various types at the Raulston arboretum site:

JC Raulston Arboretum - J. C. Raulston's Slide Collection (http://tinyurl.com/yllb4ff - broken link)

Frank
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Old 10-23-2009, 10:37 PM
 
Location: Midtown Raleigh
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Woo, don't plant camellias. Mine are covered in pink flowers and as I stuck my head in (stupidly) to take a closer look today, I saw there were literally about 40 bees on each bush. Gross.
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Old 10-24-2009, 09:24 PM
 
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Ummmm...you do realize that the bee population is rapidly declining right? As the bee population declines it will effect our beloved flora, fruits and vegetables. In fact, bees, via pollination, are responsible for 15 to 30 percent of the food U.S. consumers eat. But in the last 50 years the domesticated honeybee population—which most farmers depend on for pollination—has declined by about 50 percent.

Next time you see a bee, give him some space and let him do what he does. You might even want to say thanks.

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Woo, don't plant camellias. Mine are covered in pink flowers and as I stuck my head in (stupidly) to take a closer look today, I saw there were literally about 40 bees on each bush. Gross.
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Old 10-25-2009, 08:45 AM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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Lol i don't understand what is so gross about bees either. The only reason I wouldn't want any was if I was allergic to bees.
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Old 10-25-2009, 06:04 PM
 
Location: Creedmoor
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Lorapetalum - nice purple color. Fire power nandina - very nice, turns red in the Fall....
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Old 10-25-2009, 08:55 PM
 
Location: Midtown Raleigh
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Ummmm...you do realize that the bee population is rapidly declining right?

Next time you see a bee, give him some space and let him do what he does. You might even want to say thanks.
I got close BEFORE I saw there were bees in there. People on this forum can find offense in any little thing. I stuck my head in a bush full of bees, realized it was full of bees, and got the hell out of there. Time for a lecture. I should have thanked them. Jeez, people.
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