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At an early age we all learn that bees are who pollinate our flowers and make the honey that we eat.  Have you ever stopped to really think about, just how important bees really are to us?

Bees are of immense importance to our ecological relationships and contribute to the biodiversity of Mother Earth.  There are plants that are entirely dependent on bees for propagation.  Farmers, that supply the food we eat, are dependent on bees to pollinate their crops.  Many animals wouldn't survive without them.  Berries, nuts, seeds and fruits are all produced by pollination from insects and bees are the number one pollinators. 

In the past 6 years the honey bee has been disappearing in alarming numbers.  There are a number of reasons scientists have been researching as possible causes but is still under investigation.  The incidents are being labeled Colony Collapse Disorder.  Take this link to learn in more detail the problem we are facing and possible repercussions of, with our bee populations.   Common Pesticide Implicated Bee Colony Collapse Disorder

One of the ways we can help would be to grow plants that attract bees.  Here are my top 10 favorites for attracting bees to your garden. 

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  1. Agastache
  2. Basil
  3. Catmint
  4. Chaste Tree
  5. Dill
  6. Lantana
  7. Red Clover
  8. Sages
  9. Thymes
  10. Yarrow


I'd like to thank Diva Jefferson for making the suggesting of blogging about bees.  It was a subject I didn't know a lot about except for the common knowledge about them.  I have learned so much about them because of this.  It just proves that you can always learn something new no matter how old you are or how much you think you know about any given subject!

Happy Gardening!
Diane




Amie
6/21/2012 12:27:16 am

I think everyone needs to understand the importance of these little creatures. Ever see the " Bee movie?" I don't want to see our planet destroyed because we lose these guys! I was even disappointed this year when even my garden didn't see any bee visitors. =( We need to fix this problem soon!

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6/21/2012 12:39:06 am

Diane, I love the information you gave on here. No wonder we have a few bees visit a week, because we have basil, sage, and thyme growing in our small garden. I love bees! :)


-Diva J.

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Diane
6/21/2012 07:59:16 am

It really is a frightening thought...to lose our bee population. I just never stopped to think about how much of our food supply is dependent on them.

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Adonna
9/18/2016 10:11:20 am

Thanks for the information. We are hearing more on the news about the diminishing population of bees. Another small creature we need to be more informed about Are Hummingbirds. I live in upset of SC. How soon should we remove their feeders. I was surprised to learn many Hummingbird watchers do not know they also head south for the winter. Any information you can share on our smallest fine feathered friends will be appreciated.

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