Bees are so significant in these hard times for keeping our food chain going and the ecosystem healthy. They also contribute to keeping our economy going, so Bee kind…
Save our bees and save ourselves by planting Bee friendly plants and stop using chemicals which can harm or kill the insects we desperately need and rely on.
Of some 270 bee species in the UK, the one most people are aware of is the honeybee, yet this is only one of our important pollinators.
Each bee has its own unique way of extracting food and pollinating our fruit, vegetables and flowering plants – so mix up your planting.
Bees pollinate by travelling from one plant to another collecting pollen in baskets on their legs for the hive. Pollen sticks to their “scopa” (hairs) which then spreads to other plants.
Though all plants, trees and shrubs are beautiful, not all are suitable for bees. For example, over cultivated roses may be very pretty to see growing in our borders, but bees cannot get into the heart of the flowers because of too many petals….
I believe we need to go natural… Go back to the basics of how beautiful and pure nature can bee.
- Keep patches available for wildflowers in your lawn or your borders.
- Cut old bamboo / hollow garden canes up to make bee/ insect friendly homes
- Put a shallow tray of water out, or a birdbath with a stone in so bees can safely drink
- Even the smallest of spaces can still have planters or window boxes
- Try to plant bee friendly-open flowers where bees can access the centre of the flower to collect nectar and pollen
- A bee’s favourite colour is blue/purple. What could be better than a row of lavender, Iris or the gorgeous seed heads of alliums?
- Consider year-round planting to attract bees into the garden
Love the bees and love each other.
Remember there are many animals and insects that contribute to a healthy life and pollination…Mother nature has put them here for a reason?
Love and respect for her makes the world a much better place.