If you don’t read anything else in this blog, at least read this. Save the bees! Without bees, there would be no beautiful flowers to bloom in the spring. Bees help garden flowers grow by being master pollinators and by providing nutrition for all the plants in your garden.
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Bees are known for being the biggest pollinator among all other insects. Not only do flowers benefit from bees pollinating, but bee hives do too because of the fat and protein that it contains. Additionally, the relationship between plants’ nectar and bees is mutually beneficial because of the honey-making process.
Bees and plants have a symbiotic relationship. Bees cross-pollinate—helping to create more plants and flowers to reproduce—while plants give bees key nutrients they need to grow their hive and make honey.
Want more honey to eat on your piece of buttered sourdough toast? Us too! But in order to have honey, bees must feed off plants and flowers in order to keep their beekeeping hive strong. Here is a list of bee-friendly plants that would be extremely beneficial for you to start growing in your garden:
Sunflowers are bright, yellow, and orange, and often too big to miss; bees are extremely attracted to these flowers. Consider planting a patch of these in your garden. Additionally, they’re beautiful and smell delightful. What’s not to love about sunflowers—it’s a win-win for both you and the bees!
Goldenrods bloom from July to September, making it the perfect flower for bees to feed from before winter. They can load up on pollen, protein, and other minerals. The honey that bees make from this flower is highly sought-after, which can make for a lucrative payoff.
Because of the smell of this plant, many insects actually flee from it. Planting this herb in your garden will get rid of mites slowly but surely. But, fear not! Bees aren’t afraid of the cilantro plant, so they’ll be more than happy to stick around.
Can’t relax or get to sleep? Add some lavender to your bath and you’ll be immersed in calm. Its calming properties is just one of the many benefits of lavender. They are also beautiful purple plants that add the perfect amount of color to your garden! Bees harvest on lavender in the summer months—so be sure to plant a crop in this season’s garden.
BEEautiful and BEEnevolent: Bees Help Garden Flowers
As mentioned, bees aren’t bad! We need them for the growth of food crops and so much more. Plus, there are many things you can do to encourage bees to stay in your garden and pollinate, such as planting certain flowers and herbs. Consider buying those kinds of seeds to plant in your garden this season!
We definitely love bees, but we don’t love all bugs equally. Contact us today for your pest and insect needs.