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Bee-Earnest about Saving the Bees

Anyone else worried about the BEES? While I'm actually a little scared of them, I just adore them. It's sort of a love/hate relationship. One things for sure, we can't live without them nor can our flowers. As a lover of gardening and honey, I'm always calculating what kinds of flowers to plant that will attract bees and make them very happy. So BEE-earnest about saving the bees. You can pick up this tshirt at Jcrew, and proceeds will go to fund the cause. Also, below I'm sharing some ideal and BEE-utiful flowers that will keep the little buzzers coming around!





















BEE-Sure to follow these tips for creating the perfect bee garden



Plant at least three different types of flowers in your bee garden to ensure blooms through as many seasons as possible. This will provide bees and other pollinators with a constant source of food.  Here's a short list or ask your local nursery: 

  • Crocus, hyacinth, borage, calendula, and wild lilac provide enticing spring blooms.

  • Bees feast on bee balm, cosmos, snapdragons foxglove, and hosta in the summer.

  • For fall, zinnias, sedum, asters, witch hazel and goldenrod are late bloomers.


Bees need a place to get fresh, clean water. Fill a shallow container of water with seashells, pebbles or twigs for the bees to land on while drinking. Make sure to maintain the container full of fresh water to ensure that they know they can return to the same spot every day. You can DIY or use a bird bath as well. See a few examples below. 


















Bees love native wildflowers, flowering herbs, berries and many flowering fruits and vegetables.  Some of my favorites and the honeybees too include – mint, basil, russian sage, thyme, lavender, carolina jasmine, tulips, sunflowers, asters, clovers, lilacs, wisteria, cosmos, roses, bee balm, salvia, peony and honeysuckle.  If you have space, planting any type of fruit tree is perfect as well like a lemon, lime or peach tree & are a good food source for bees. 







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