Sunday, February 23, 2014

Honey Bees are welcomed.

It is no secret for those of us out in the garden every day, that honey bees are in trouble.  A few years ago my Miami garden was buzzing with bees, the early morning was a glorious time, you could hear and see hundreds of bees flying from one flower to another.  Today you can count the number of bees visiting the garden and sometime is difficult to find one.
The causes are well known to everyone, loss of habitat, the use of pesticides, colony collapse disorders are many of the reasons.  What can we individual gardeners do?  Georgia Tasker wrote a excellent article in the fall edition of The Tropical Garden magazine about what we can plant in our gardens to help the bees.

This weekend I did my part to help our bee friends, this blue porter plant (one of the bees favorite flower) a volunteer in my front garden and the powder-puff tree are bee central at the DragonFly.   The key to attract more bees is to have a variety of flowers, kind of like a cafeteria for bees.  Yesterday I planted more bee friendly plants like, blue daze, milkweed, white pentas (they prefer the white one) and coleuses. 
Pesticides are another reason for their decline.  My garden has been pesticide free for many years, unfortunate not my neighbors.  Convincing others to stop using pesticide is another way we can help.  


Survival Gardener, AKA David the Good said...

Good for you.

Another plant that really brings them in is the dreaded "weed" "Shepherd's Needle, also known as Bidens alba. I leave patches of that all over my yard for the bees to enjoy.

It's really an uphill battle getting people to quit killing everything they don't like or understand. Folks like you are helping make the world better.

Nicole said...

That's great you don't use pesticides, I also don't use them in my garden though we did have to treat spray parts of the yard for ticks.

I love blue porter weed and often have it as a volunteer where most of the time I leave it. Right now I have small plants all over the yard