Bee Friendly: Let’s Save Our Bees!

It’s snowing! The kids are ecstatic, the dog is in shock and I can’t help feeling just a little thrill of excitement myself. Sound is muffled today and light is subdued. It feels as though we are wrapped in a huge, thick duvet that’s spilling feathers.

Last week, I was outside in balmy sunshine taking photos of bumblebees. I can’t help but wonder where the poor bees are hiding out this morning.

I’ve been working on an article about bees for Bookwitty.com. We are all aware of the worrying fall in bee populations worldwide but many people don’t seem to realise how critical it is to arrest the decline NOW and how vital a contribution we can all make to saving some bees. We don’t need to volunteer time or donate money; we just need to make a few changes in the way we think about weeds and wildflowers and gardening in general.

I did a lot of research for this article and put a lot of time into it because I really, REALLY would like to do my bit. Please, do read this and please, please, spread the message.ย Read the full article here.

23 thoughts on “Bee Friendly: Let’s Save Our Bees!

    1. Thanks, CJ. They were quite active here last week but have gone into hiding now. I’m trying to come up with some sort of small campaign idea. Something to spread the message across blogland. I do feel that I am preaching to the choir here but I also know there are lots of people who are completely unaware of the situation. Let me know if you have any ideas. Maybe we could have some sort of bee-friendly meme, if only I understood exactly what a meme is and how it works. Must have boring technical discussion with Teenage Son.

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  1. Great article on the importance of bees in our everyday life and a subject close to my heart. Hope you don’t mind that I shared this article in the FB page of our local Save The Bees organizations…

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  2. One of my best friends is the Regional Bee Expert (I can’t remember the actual title) for Wiltshire, Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire. He has kept bees for years, first in North London and for the last 10 years in his little cottage garden in the aptly named village of Honey Street. He will be delighted with your article, as he is in anything that gives the simple advice needed to make the little adjustments that give bees a chance. I rather love bees just because I love bees but the fact is that by giving bees a chance we are giving ourselves a chance and being a selfish bugger I want that chance. So thank you for your excellent article which I will try to share on FaceBook if I can work out how to do it … it sits well there I think ๐Ÿ™‚

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      1. Robert would agree with you. Actually, I’m pretty convinced that Robert, who is an opera singer and owns a narrow boat which he keeps moored on the canal that runs past his house and who phoned me and demanded we lunch about 5 years ago and said in a roundabout sort of way that he thought he might have acquired ‘a sort of girlfriend’ and who, on further very light probing I broke the news to that he did not have a possible sort of girlfriend, indeed it was clear that he had a lady who was about to move in (they are now happily married) would adore you whether or not your facts and figures are correct ๐Ÿ™‚

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  3. I love bees too. Have seen lots last week in all the sunshine…its now very cold again so thats a worry. I agree about doing less -less mowing, less weeding. less tidying! I’m also worried about the hedgehog so there are quite a few British species in severe decline. I’m thinking of getting some bees but must find a course to do first. Thank you for the article.
    x

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  4. Wonderful article and very inspiring. I have a little patch of garden (well, I have a very small garden all round but this patch is empty!) which I am going to plant some bee friendly plants in. Thank you!

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    1. Thank you so much. You have no idea how happy that makes me…just one convert is fantastic. Let me know how you get on. One of the great side effects is that many of the bee friendly flowers also bring throngs of butterflies. Verbena bonariensis (not certain of spelling!) is my absolute favourite. It grows like a weed, flowers for months and comes back year after year. You don’t need to buy more than one plant. Happy gardening.

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  5. I’m with you all the way โ€“ I try to do as much as I can to help bees in our garden but wish I knew more. We did think about getting a beehive for the bottom the garden but haven’t so far (we also thought about getting hens but haven’t!). As Brian says above, single flowers are great, as are multi-flower heads โ€“ Verbena bonariensis, etc. Very over-engineered flowers aren’t so good. Have you read The Secret Life of Bees? I loved it. Lots of great book recommendations here – thank you x

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    1. I’d love to hear an honest account from a novice bee-keeper so I do hope you take the leap! Husband is keen to have chickens but I’m not. The neighbours already think I’m nuts; chickens might be the final straw! ? But again, I would love to observe someone else’s adventure!

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    2. Another thought. I might try to put together a more comprehensive list of bee friendly flowers but I’m very much an amateur gardener. Could I run it past you before I publish it? Or, would you like to do a joint effort. I know you are run off your feet with Agnes so I don’t want to wreck your head ! I’d really love to get a bit of momentum behind this thing.

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      1. If we do get round to bees or chickens, I’ll definitely write about it! And, yes, would love to help on your bee crusade – Bloggers for Bees ๐Ÿ™‚ Your small girl could design a logo! I’ll be in touch x

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  6. great article….yes the bee situation is sad….we have the angry bees here in the southwest…they are mating with the docile bees and seem to helping them chill out a little…seems there is a couple bad stinging’s every year in this town…the agricultural crops have bee hives they move around from crop to crop as needed…they don’t like anyone walking near them…..kinda sad…..my brother has a bad nest in his back yard and they can’t find anyone to come remove them with out charging an astronomical amount…200+-$ he’s going to deal with them….not sure what that means….xxkkat

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    1. Gosh, I think our Irish bees are far more laid back! I can’t remember ever having a bee sting although the wasps aren’t so kind. Hope your brother gets his problem solved!

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      1. These bees are coming up from south America…they actually kill cows and horses….pretty nasty little beggars…glad they are meeting our nice kind bumble bees and getting together….hopefully will help take out some of their anger issues…LOL

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