Dear garden bees,
I hope you have enjoyed your visit, and the patio garden has been to your liking. You have been very agreeable guests, and I do hope you will come back again soon. Please tell your friends and family about us.
It’s been a great season and we couldn’t have done it without you.
Please enjoy the complementary lavender.
The little patio gardener
“If the bee disappeared off the face of the earth, man would only have four years left to live.”
― Maurice Maeterlinck, The Life of the Bee
Every dedicated gardener knows that a healthy garden depends a great deal on the type of visitors it attracts, namely bees. Gardening is a joint effort between gardener and bee, and during a time when bee numbers are in steady decline due to an increase of poor choices by humans (harmful pesticides, pollution, etc), as a gardener I want to express my gratitude to these little workers who do so much for us and ask for little in return.
“The bee’s life is like a magic well: the more you draw from it, the more it fills with water”
― Karl Von Frisch, Bees: Their Vision, Chemical Senses and Language
Bees are respectful, hardworking garden guests. They are also loyal creatures who when made to feel welcome, will return to a spot year after year, even bringing other bees along with them through word of mouth (or whatever complex and advanced way bees communicate).
You can ensure their return each gardening season by adding plenty of colours, petal shapes and local varieties to your garden (or patio). Doing so will contribute toward keeping bee numbers steady. Read on to find out a few more tips on how to help the bees…
Here are some things every gardener can do…
Add a bee and insect hotel, or make one yourself. There are many tutorials available online that demonstrate how to make one if you just search for ‘Bee hotel DIY’
Add a tiny bee watering hole. Bees like to bathe just as much as birds, and enjoy having a bath, especially in the heat of summer. Place a dish somewhere near your plants with clean water so bees have a place to cool down.
Plant their favourite flowers (local to the region for local bee favorites). They especially like lavender and other wild flowers. Try to plant as many varieties as possible in clusters so the bees don’t need to expend too much energy by flying great distance to collect pollen.
A pesticide free garden (good for both you and the bees of course). Organic homemade pesticides and a little dedication can successfully deter plant eating pests without dissuading ‘garden helpers’
“Above all, send the bees love. Every little thing wants to be loved.”
― Sue Monk Kidd/ The secret life of bees
Click here to be redirected to a video by the History channel about the importance of bees and their decline, and how it will ultimately affect human kind.