There are many flowers that are great for attracting and keeping bees in your garden.
Most of the berry bearing shrubs and trees are essential for the welfare of the bees.
What is a garden without bees?
Just four years… That’s how long Albert Einstein reportedly said the
human race would last in a world without bees. For the master of
relativity, the equation was relatively simple: no more bees = no more
people. ~ Valentine Warner
There is a worldwide problem concerning bees…the bee population is being decimated and people are becoming concerned…no bees=no food, simple as that!
A survey by the British Beekeepers’ Association in May 2010 revealed their members had lost 19% of their colonies (the population that inhabits a hive) in the previous year alone.
Why is this happening?
Well my own take on the problem concerns monoculture…something we should all be concerned with and striving against!
Where monoculture exists, Nature struggles.
Monoculture requires chemicals, Nature struggles.
Farmers spray chemicals, Nature struggles.
A terrible loop of destruction is fixed into Nature and world governments are complicit with this decline in the bee population!
Are people blind?
Is science operating with a blindfold on?
I have little formal training in the field of horticulture, yet I am aware of the need to encourage and keep bees on my 3 acres.
Even planting willow like this arch above, creates food for the bees.
Planting for the bees is as important as growing food for myself!
In fact, the two go hand in hand!
It is estimated that one in every three households in Britain kept bees for honey to supplement the table right up until the 20th Century.
This is something that could, so easily be encouraged by our governments and our departments of agriculture.
As I walked in the garden earlier today, the bees were continuing to be busy.
This Viburnum is a late flowering bush and very important for any late working bees!
We need to make their lives easier, not more difficult.
We all, including farmers, who own the majority of agricultural land, need to get out there and plant for the bees!
One of the first wild Orchids of the year in bloom by the lower pond this afternoon. It is growing alongside wild Sorrel.
The warm leaves of the Meadowsweet act as sun-loungers for visiting insects…
Gigantic leaves of the Gunnera provide heaps of welcome shade on a hot day like today, for all wildlife.
Heat of the sun is reflected upwards onto the banks of earth that release the heat back into the ponds at night.
A Lily Pad makes an appearance from nowhere…brought to the pond by visiting Ducks, I suspect.
Today’s video takes you down to the Lower Pond at Bealtaine…enjoy!