Are there any gardeners on the forum from the Pacific NW? Have you noticed a shortage/lack of bees this year? My tomato plants look big and lush, full of blossoms, only two small tomatoes I can see on EIGHT plants!! Squash plants doing nothing. Pumpkins either. I visited a garden statuary place last week; the owner also has many lavender plants. He pointed out the total lack of bumble bees, where he said there usually are thousands. There were some honey bees buzzing around them. His theory was that he felt they had drowned when we had some 20+ days of rain in a row as they were starting to emerge. My two gardening neighbors have noticed the same thing. The blueberries came on strong, but they were pollinated earlier, probably by the mason bee. Just wondered how other gardens are doing in the PNW. I find it a bit worrisome. I look forward to those home grown tomatoes!