How Can We Bee Helpful?

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“Bees have a smell, and if they don’t, they should, for their feet are dusted with spices from a million flowers.” 

  ― Ray Bradbury,  Dandelion Wine 

“The lovely flowers embarrass me, They make me regret I am not a bee”

~ Emily Dickinson

The bee is more honored than other animals,
not because she labors,
but because she labors for others.

-St. John Chrysostom

How Can We Bee Helpful?

It’s not rocket science.

It’s just awareness – simplicity itself – what would you rather Bee Happy or Bee Extinct – personally, l think l would prefer living bees to dead bees, and the bees probably agree with me!

How BEE-friendly are you? 

With the spring and summer months back, our bees are back into their daily routines. 

I like to see more ‘weeds’ and don’t see them as such but more as wilder 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 in your garden. The plant blooms heavily as Bees love forage volume and plant for the seasons in that the pollinators are most active – as in early Spring to late summer. Plan your flowering crops effectively;

Seasonal Reflective:

Lilacs, Lavenders, Sages, Verbena, Wisteria, Mints, Squashes, Tomatoes, Sunflowers, Oregano, Rosemary, Thyme, Red Clover, Cornflowers, Honeysuckle, Buddleia, Foxglove, Poppy, Fuschia, Alliums, Daffodils …

Flowers to avoid are; Pansies, Begonias, and Petunias – they may look pretty and lovely 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 regarding the likes of clovers and dandelions and some wildflowers that could be classed as weeds.

Don’t be so disciplined to the lawn; let it breathe on the wild side a little longer. 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 – it’s thirsty work when you are ‘Pollen’ all day! Bees drink too, and water is always appreciated.

Buy local organic food, and this includes raw honey! Keep looking out for farmers’ markets and support them rather than supporting monoculture practices — support ecological farming.

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 on stinging another day!!

 Having said this, do spare a thought for the wasp. It also serves a great purpose for your garden as it clears up in a predatory manner, and DO serve our environment just in a different way – they are more along the lines of the Bother Gang – they clean up the crap in our gardens and as such as equally considered ecological warriors with an attitude. 

They clear out caterpillars and greenflies, and other gardener’s pests! The secret to getting on with them is simple – don’t piss them off!

THINK BEE! Help to raise awareness of the plight and decline of pollinators!

NO ONE IS EVER too small to make a difference!

What would YOU rather?

Bee Happy


Bee Extinct?

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16 thoughts on “How Can We Bee Helpful?

    1. Bees are not your enemy and die if they sting you – we need bees for the planet’s food production. Bees just get on with their lives, bumblebees are the same – just looking for pollen – wasps can be problematic if they feel threatened – but all are important tole players – the secret to not getting stung is don’t upset them- no different to us humans, we don’t like being annoyed because after a while we lash out in one way or another 🙂

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      1. Hahaha yes – cause I like lotions and perfumes lol

        Also come summer – when not working … my wardrobe brightens lol ❤️👏 I love summer for all that … just not the stinging things that chase me lol

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      2. Lol … the second I step out the door I swear they make a beeline (yeah pun intended lol) 🐝

        I could be in a crowd of people and bees or wasps will single me out – or it seems that way 🤨

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