It’s not rocket science it’s just awareness – simplicity itself – what would you rather Bee Dead or Bee Alive – personally l think l would prefer living bees to dead bees and the bees probably agree with me!
“Bees do have a smell, you know, and if they don’t they should, for their feet are dusted with spices from a million flowers.”
― Ray Bradbury,
How BEE friendly are you? With Spring just literally on our doorstep now, although even l have to concede at times that in the UK alone, it appears that Mother Nature has withdrawn it … our bees are back into their daily routines. The garden l have here, is not a gardeners’ delight, we have wild herbs growing next to wild flowers, and very soon we shall be planting out our seasons’ rotation for vegetable growing. I tend to like to see more ‘weeds’ and don’t see them as such but more as flowers in the wrong place, it sounds kinder that way.
Plant more BEE friendly flowers and flowering herbs in your garden – With the loss of nesting and foraging habitat due to intensive monocultural agricultural practices and the ever increasing and rising suburbanization driven society pressures demanding more housing – natural landscapes are fast disappearing. You can alter things by planting flowers into your garden. Plant bloom heavy as Bees love forage volume and plant for the seasons that the pollinators are most active – as in early spring to late summer. Plan your flowering crops effectively;
Lilacs, Lavenders’, Sages, Verbena, Wisteria, Mints, Squashes, Tomatoes, Sunflowers, Oregano, Rosemary, Thyme, Red Clover, Cornflowers, Honeysuckle, Buddleia, Foxglove, Poppy, Fuschia, Alliums, Daffodils … http://beefriendly.ca/25-plants-for-bees-in-your-garden/
Flowers to avoid are; Pansies, Begonias, and Petunias – they may look pretty and nice to look at but add very little value to pollination populations. However, this is not to avoid having an ornamental garden, purely to introduce more Bee friendly environments to co-exist alongside.
BEE Weed Friendly – Got to get rid of the weeds!! Not necessarily – spare a thought to the Bees with regards the likes of clovers and dandelions and some wildflowers which could be classed as weeds. Don’t be so disciplined to the lawn; let it breathe a little longer on the wild side. Allow many plants to bloom first and then pull before it goes to seed. Every little bit helps.
DON’T use pesticides or chemicals in your garden – think organically!
Provide a BEE basin – its thirsty work when you are ‘Pollen’ all day! Bees drink too, and water on tap is always appreciated.
Buy local organic food and this includes raw honey! Keep a look out for farmer’s markets and support them rather than supporting monoculture practices. Support ecological farming.
BEE Aware or BEEcome a BEE keeper: http://www.bbka.org.uk/
[Suze says NO to me becoming a BEE Keeper, talks of clumsy antics!!]
BEE – Friendly – Not Foe!
What would you rather BEE or a wasp? Learn the difference between the species and don’t lash out at a friendly! Bees are vegetarians unlike wasps who are carnivores! When the BEE loses its sting it loses its life, however when a wasp stings – it goes onto sting another day!!
Wasp – aka – Nasty Flooker – Definitely FOE!!
This is my Bee Hotel as it was in Spring 2017, you can see it again below …
.. you can see it in the background, l planted wild herbs all around it.
Think BEE, think BEE hotel – : http://www.foxleas.com/make-a-bee-hotel.asp
THINK BEE! Help to raise awareness to the plight and decline of the pollinators!
NO ONE IS EVER too small to make a difference!
For some Fun: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bee_Movie
When Ana posted this a couple of weeks back l shared it as it is so appropriate and once more l share it because it is STILL appropriate.
So – How BEE Friendly are you this year?
Images courtesy of Pixabay, Rory Matier