Flower of the Month
You can plant them from seed and they'll grow, but not flower this year. Next spring they'll be one of the early pollinator flowers in your garden. Lupine is good for bees and butterflies. It fixes nitrogen in your soil and self seeds, so if they're in a happy place they'll just keep growing!
You can get them from plant stores in pots and they'll flower this year. This is a great foundation plant for your bee garden!
Look for Mason bees!
These are the hero bees for fruit tree pollination. They are more active in low temperatures when many trees than honey bees are. Bees emerge after as the temperature stabilizes at 55 degrees or so, and that will happen in March. So keep an eye on your bee box. To host mason bees in your garden, put up a bee box this month and purchase some cocoons to release from your bee box, Most likely they'll return to lay eggs where they were hatched. For a successful bee box, they'll need access to clay soil which they use in nest building. Download this informative PDF for info on how to love your bees!
Native Plant Sales
Clark College Pre Spring Plant Sale March 6 & 7
Washington County Small Woodlands Association March 16th 9-3 Hillsboro National Guard Armory
Friends of Baltimore Woods March 31
St Johns Plaza 7340 N Philadelphia Ave
Will have lots of plants and advice on attracting butterflies!
Portland Native Plants Festival - order in advance Festival April 6 & 7
Tryon Creek Trillium Festival April 6 & 7
Audubon Society Plant Sale April 21 & 22
More than 100 species of Oregon wildflowers, shrubs and trees will be available to enhance your yard, woodland or stream bank. Special shopping lists will be available for shade, sun, butterflies and hummingbirds. Plant experts will also be on hand to answer questions.
The Hardy Plant Society of Oregon's Plant & Garden Art Sale April 20&21st
Friends of Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge Native Plant Sale April 21
Clackamas Spring Garden Fair May 4 & 5 Lots of everything plus natives!
Bosky Dell Natives - all native all the time on Borland Rd
FREE Monarchs, Bumble Bees, and Other Winged Creatures of the Invertebrate World: How You can Help Provide a Haven for Pollinators with Emma Pelton of The Xerces Society Portland Nursery March 16 11am
FREE Native Mason Bees, Learn about nesting boxes and bee care. March 30 11am Portland Nursery