Bill MacDonald's Garden
Bill McDonald with his scented Phlox and Bee Balm
At 90 years of age, retired teacher William (Bill) McDonald of Port
Elgin, is an active senior who still maintains his home and does all his
own yard work.
Dahlias in bloom
He has planted his garden to attract bees and butterflies alike with phlox, bee balm, purple coneflower, rudbekia, impatiens and dahlia's. "Last winter, I put the dahlias in a closet, not expecting them to live, but when I remembered they were there and went to throw them out, lo and behold, I saw green shoots on them.
My granddaughter, Rylee, and I planted them in the spring and they have not only grown but are in beautiful colours of red and pink."
Along the side of his home are his prized tomato plants but, this
year, there's a difference. "Tomato plants depend greatly on bees to
pollinate them and, this year, we just don't have the bees. My plants
normally are heavy with blossom and this summer they just aren't there.
I'm very worried about the bees and am concerned that pesticide
spraying is having a drastic affect on them."