Plant Lavender To Create A Bee-Friendly Garden And Help Protect These Essential Pollinators. Why would we want to have a bee-friendly garden? Simply because there is a mystery illness called Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) and bees are disappearing and need all the help they can get. Bees are important to pollinate our crops, and because many of our pollinators are now scarce, we are totally dependent on the honey bee to do this job. So what is pollination? Well it starts when a bee crawls around plants and enters the blossom this is when the honey bee is dusted with pollen. The bee will fly over to another blossom with the pollen in its hair, and when it lands, the pollen falls onto this blossom’s stigma. Bearing in mind other insects pollinate crops too, but without the pollination from the honey bee there would be one third less crops in the world than there is now.
It is a known fact throughout the world that honey bee stocks have been declining since 2004 simply because of CCD, also scientists feel there are many factors causing the problem, and intensive farming techniques, pesticide drift and climate change are also being blamed for the sudden decline in the bee population. We should care about attracting bees to our gardens simply because many agricultural crops worldwide are pollinated by bees. The bee is looking for two things when they visit your bee-friendly garden, Nectar, which is loaded with sugars, and is a bee’s main source of energy, and Pollen which provides a balanced diet of proteins and fats.
The bee is attracted to the colours blue, purple, violet, white and yellow, and if you plant your bee-friendly garden with all kinds of nectar-rich plants this will go a long way to stop the decline of bees. Why not use different kinds of perennials this ensures there is something in flower every month. The best plant you can use is lavender, of course there are many other plants that provide plenty of pollen and nectar, like most herbs such as sage, rosemary, oregano, thyme, mint etc, poppy, verbena, weigela, and many more.
The scented geranium is also a wonderful plant to have in the bee-friendly garden to encourage bees, but one should be careful about sprays of insecticides or pesticides, and if you must use a pesticide use one that does not affect bees and spray in the evening after bees have returned to their hives.
Think of vibrant colours on plants such as the begonia, rose, and honeysuckle, jasmine a brilliant white with wonderful scents that will draw the honey bee to its flower. Many gardeners create gardens for the butterfly, so it makes sense to create one for the honey bee, thus we are doing our bit. Get out there and do what you can for the bees by planting your own bee-friendly garden. It may save our diet and stop mealtimes from getting very boring.
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