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The solitary bees are incredibly active right now because there are tons of flowers.

Look at all the white pollen that is available for this bee to gather.

That doesn't mean the bees have got it easy, though.

It is one tiny bee in a giant moonflower (Datura).

By the way, from the human perspective the perfume from these night-blooming flowers is overwhelming if you stand too close.

What's happening in the garden today?

The cilantro plants are flowering.

Some people might say the plants are finished and pull them out.

On the other hand, there are several reasons to leave them be.

First of all, cilantro has lovely lacy white flowers. It is a pretty plant.

cilantro seeds
Plus, if you let the plant mature, it will produce seeds that you can save for next year or share with fellow gardeners.

An additional benefit is that the flowers are food for pollinators, like this honey bee.

Or this flower fly.

Pollinators are important to help many different food and wild plants produce seeds. Allowing a few plants to make flowers can help them survive.

Beauty, seeds, pollinators. Letting cilantro go to seed is win-win.

Have you ever grown cilantro? Do you let it go to flower/set seeds? 

Interested in learning more about how to attract and help preserve pollinators? Check out:

 

 

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Just in time to celebrate Earth Day on April 22, 2020 we have a new picture book This Raindrop: Has a Billion Stories to Tell by Linda Ragsdale and illustrated by Srimalie Bassani.

This picture book...
Starts with a single raindrop that "has billions of stories to tell" then follows it through time and space at it cycles again and again. Readers will be thrilled as the words flow like water.

"Its magical molecules morph into thin air
then shape-shift into something new,
like a single drop of dew in the morning. "

This picture book...
Has incredibly imaginative illustrations that play with perspective, zooming in and out, then up and down from spread to spread.

This picture book...
Has a little something extra. It features a lovely arlin paper cover with foil text enhancements, illustrated end papers, plus back matter including an explanation of the water cycle, the importance of water conservation, and resources for further reading.

This picture book...
Could help save the planet. As the sticker on the cover says, "Every Book [purchased] Plants a Tree."

What could be better than that?

Related Resources and Activities:

1. The author suggests learning more about water conservation and celebrating World Oceans Day, June 8, 2020.

2. Check out our previous posts with activities for Exploring the Water Cycle and Water Can Be... Very Important.

3. Visit our growing list of children's books about water and the water cycle.

4. Check Parade magazine's list of 50 Activities for Earth Day for water conservation organizations and events like the #WednesdaysForWater Twitter hashtag.

Age Range: 5 - 8 years
Publisher: Flowerpot Press (April 7, 2020)
ISBN-10: 1486718175
ISBN-13: 978-1486718177

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