Bees don’t just give us honey. More than a third of all the food we eat is the direct result of honey bee pollination. Without bees, we wouldn’t have enough food! It’s our job to do everything we can to help save bees. We can’t change all of the reasons that we’ve lost about 40% of our bee population, but we can help by planting the flowers that feed them!
Pollution, pesticides and urban development has put bees, and everything they pollinate, at risk. Creating safe “Bee Highways” across the country and around the world is critical. By growing flowers that bees love — organically, of course — in our yards andgardens, and in pots on our windowsills and balconies, we are contributing to this life-sustaining “Honeybee highway.”
What is “bee cuisine”? In the summer, bees feast on bottle brush, echinacea, snapdragons, roses, foxglove, honeysuckle. In the fall, they love zinnias, asters, winter bloom, goldenrod and hyacinth. Butterflies and hummingbirds also cruise these highways, greeting you with their colorful and uplifting presence, they are all pollinators!
Here are a few fun bee facts:
— All worker bees other than the drones are female, and they do all the work in the hive.
— In order to make a pound of honey, a hive of bees fly about 55,000 miles!
— Honey is the only food that contains all of the necessary nutrition to sustain life
— Honey has antibacterial properties and can be usedto heal a wound
— Bees have facial recognition and can recognize human faces!
—A bee can carry 80% of it’s own weight in pollen back to the hive
We thank for you doing your part to save the bees! Patricia’s beautiful flower and vegetable gardens are home to many happy bees. We know they are grateful to their bee-loving benefactors!
The Honeybee Challenge: If you plant a garden or pot with “bee cuisine”, and send us the picture, we will post it! Let’s plant flowers from California to New York and all points in between.
Bees need our help!