A recent garden show on PBS reminded me that at least one-third of our food supply is dependent upon honeybees for pollination.
Unfortunately our honeybee population is steadily declining. In my gardens, wild honeybees used to be present all summer long. In recent years they appeared less frequently and last year none were present. However, plenty of other pollinators were present, including mason bees, bumblebees, other smaller bee species, butterflies, moths, wasps, and even humming birds. My gardens attracted so many pollinators because specific plantings and gardening practices enticed them to visit.