Bees

Hello, Lilygrass fans! March 20th officially marked the first day of Spring!  We’re so ready for longer hours of sunshine and plants popping up all around. The redbuds have started blooming, and those Bradford Pears are beautiful. Keep your eyes open to take in all this wonderful beauty that’s springing up all around!

This week’s blog focuses on those spring flowers that are so important for one of nature’s most overlooked helpers – bees.

Bees work hard! In fact, according to The New Agriculturalist online, bees are responsible for not only what they’re most well-known for, honey, but also edibles like beans, tomatoes, carrots, onions, blueberries, apples, and the list goes on and on! That’s not even mentioning all of the wild plants bees pollinate that livestock eat, like clover. We’d be without hundreds of crops (and animals) if it weren’t for the hard work of the bee! But they’re disappearing in alarming numbers! What is happening to these tiny creatures, and what can we do to help?

 

There are several theories as to why the bees are dying out. Some blame the chemical pesticides that are sprayed onto crops. Others claim loss of habitat is to largely blame for seeing less and less of these misunderstood creatures. There is also a new phenomenon that sprang from an effort to save the bees. People are breeding commercialized breeds, and they are roaming the country to help with pollination. However, these bees are harboring diseases and actually killing off some of the others out there. All of these factors and even a few more have been contributing to this decline in the bee population, not to mention the decline in all of those beautiful plants and crops!

What can we do to help? We can plant flowers! What a win-win for everyone! If you’re anything like me, then you might not even know where to begin. Don’t worry! There are plenty of websites out there that have tips to help you get started with your own bee garden:

 

http://thehoneybeeconservancy.org/plant-a-bee-garden/

 

http://honeylove.org/top-30-flowers-for-bees/

 

http://www.beverlybees.com/planting-bee-garden/

 

Most of these sites describe several of the same tips. Across the board, sources say to plant flowers that have different blooming cycles, so bees can have food year-round. They also suggest putting out a fresh water source for the bees, something shallow, but bees need clean water after all that hard work! Also, be careful with pesticides, herbicides, and other chemicals in your garden. Those can be extremely harmful for bees.

Some awesome summer blooms for bees include hosta,   bee balm,   or cosmos.     Spring bees feast on hyacinth,    wild lilac,   or calendula  . For the fall, plan on zinnias , asters,   witch hazel,    or goldenrod. 

 

Whatever plants you prefer, get out there, make this world beautiful, and help the bees while you’re at it!

Stop on by Lilygrass today to get a bouquet of blooms that bees (and friends) would love! You don’t need a special occasion to give flowers in the spring!

Have a great day, fans! See you soon!

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