THANKS for setting the alarm for our allies, honeybees ["Flight of the Honeybees," April 26].
For more than 30 years our half-acre has had no sprays, inspires mostly natives and has had a bevy of [urban] wildlife. A plethora of butterflies, honeybees, insects feast daily. Living in an oasis in the middle of urban life can be a very pleasant experience -- no need to "leave home"!
GROWERS are intent on producing bigger and showier flowers, fruits and vegetables. The more they hybridize plants, the more sterile the pollen becomes.
I can see this effect in my garden. Formerly, bees would enter the center of a flower and nuzzle around for quite some time. Now, I see bees fly up to a flower and immediately leave. I miss their company in my garden.