Happy Bees and the Garden

Do you have a bee-friendly garden?
The lovely bees are looking for 2 things in your garden: nectar and pollen. If you think that your garden does not need bees, you might be wrong. You may know that some plants are pollinated by birds, butterflies, moths and wasps, but the most of the work is done by bees.

How can you make your garden bee-friendly? It is very easy.
Here are a few tips for you.

• It is recommended to plant several colors of flowers. Bees love especially white, yellow, blue, purple and violet.
• You can plant flowers of different shapes
• Do not use pesticides because they might kill bees too
• Choose plants which are flowering through spring, summer and fall
• Grow flowers in clumps
• Plant herbs like: bee balm, borage, catnip, coriander, fennel, lavender, mint, rosemary, sage, thyme
• Use native plants (bees find them more attractive than exotic flowers): Aster, Caltrop, Elder, Lupine, Penstemon, Joe-pye weed
• Plant your beautiful flowers in sunny pots
• You can plant also a few wildflowers like: Ground Ivy, Red Campion, Foxglove, Cornflower, Angelica, Cat’s ear or Sainfoin

By planting the right plants and trees you will create the perfect place for bees.
Let’s plant bee-friendly gardens!

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21 thoughts on “Happy Bees and the Garden

  1. Reblogged this on Kimchee and Catnip and commented:
    I”ve mentioned the plight of bees before. I love bees and all they do. A lot of my harvest goes to seed so they can use the blossoms.This is such a wonderful post on how to help them I had to share. The photos are also far better than any I’ve taken.

  2. All gardens need bees, because they are niche-specific pollinators. So, when the species that favors almond blossoms dies out, the gap isn’t just filled by another species. It remains empty. Much of the emphasis has been placed on honey bees in recent news. While they’re undoubtedly important, indigenous species are equally crucial.

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  4. This is a great idea but my daughter is allergic to bees so I must plant things that do not attract them. I will have to spread the idea to friends who are most likely already doing this since they are true gardeners. Our favorite is to plant or hang baskets that attract butterflies.

  5. For many of us, ground ivy plants itself, and then there’s an eternal quest to get it back under control! But it is an early bloomer, and the bees do enjoy it. If you want to see a different range of pollinators, try planting some Mountain Mint — I’d never seen so many different species come out to visit one patch of plants!

  6. Totally agree – some great tips too, thank you. We’re very lucky that a friend keeps four hives of bees in our garden, it’s fascinating to see inside the hives, and to see how the bees are cared for. I’m working on planting a lot more bee-friendly plants, including wildflowers.

  7. Reblogged this on Insights & More and commented:
    Bees are the most important thing… Without bees, very little food… Or you have to do like in China where so many bees have disappeared because of pollution, the have to do it manually. But, they are many people…

  8. I am a hobbyist Beekeeper, but professionally trained, never be afraid of the bee’s when they are working in your garden they are gentle creatures that are not really interested in you. generally when they land on people they are after the salt from your sweat as they use salt to cure their nectar into honey. The main reason that bees are the most important pollinator in a commercial setting is they will work the best food source in a locality, but then tell all their friends that this is the best food source so they all end up in one place until they have consumed everything, as far as I am aware there is no other pollinator that works like this. As things stand at present wild or feral honey bees are dying out as hive which are not treated for varroa either chemically or organically will die out within about 2 years generally, this is a problem as the genetic pool is reducing and thats bad for the bee’s. An easy why to think about plants that wasps and flies pollinate is they smell bad, might look nice but smell bad. Both these insects can be found on dead flesh and or waste matter, you are very unlikely to ever see a honey bee anywhere near as it has nothing they want or need.
    If we lose the honey bees we are most likely to follow in a short time as our food chain is directly linked to them. Great post good choice of plants, as a side note if you are blessed with a lot of space plant some trees they are a bigger food source than people realize, Willow its really important food for the bees as its flowers early and is often the first food of spring for the bees.

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