As a mom of 2 young boys, I try to teach them about good values in life and also the importance of helping out the environment. We have a garden in our backyard which we like to poke around in, grow flowers and the occasional attempt to grow a few veggies and even a pumpkin one year (which unfortunately only yielded a nice treat for our squirrels). We have recently planted a few flowering plants with the intention of attracting bees and butterflies, our very important pollinators.
Bees are essential to sustain our lives. One-third of the plants that provide us with food, especially vegetables and fruits, are pollinated by them. Bees and many flowering plants have co-evolved, so they need one another to survive; some flowers need particular kinds of bees for effective pollination and these bees need the nectar from these specific types of flowers.
We need the bees to get a good yield from the crops in our vegetable gardens and our fruit trees. Without bees, our agricultural world would be destroyed. However, as we build more cities and try to produce more feed through intense agricultural practices, the bees are deprived of their habitat and food sources. The use of pesticides and other environmental pollutants are killing them off too.
Bees are vital to us as well as the world around us. We can do our best to protect the environment and ensure our food supply by making our community more welcoming to our pollinators.
As I’ve become more aware of the importance the bee population and their vital importance to us and the world around us, I am more mindful of what we can be doing in our own city to help the bee population. Simple things like planting specific flowers favored by bees and butterflies to welcome them into our gardens.
Certain flowering plants attract bees (and butterflies) to the garden. A few known varieties are: Bee balm, Blackeyed Susan, Sedum, Solidago, Butterfly Bush, Purple coneflower, Lavender, Snowdrops, Crocus, Chives, Sunflowers, Roses, Geranium, Salvia, Cosmos.
For each delivery, Posy Lane Flowers makes a donation to Bee City Canada which is an organization that helps the bee population of our city. It’s our small way of contributing and also connecting with our goal of sourcing flowers locally and supporting our local growers!