Friday, May 8, 2009

Welcome Back Bees

Today was the first time I've seen honey bees this year. With all the news about declining honey bee populations worldwide, I was sure glad to see them! The two bees were collecting pollen from my rosemary blooms. They didn't seem to mind me taking a few shots of them.

After admiring the two bees that visited my yard, I decided to do some internet research about honey bees. There are a number of factors contributing to their decline. In almost every state, hives are succombing to colony collapse disorder, die-off characterized by adult bees leaving the hive. Possible causes include pesticides, parasites, and nutrition. One good site to get local information about honey bees is the Washington State Beekeepers Association.

I am not sure how much small gardeners can help, but I think keeping a variety of plants and not using pesticides is a good start.

1 comment:

  1. Hi Darleen, I like your signature plant choices very much. That love in a mist is hard to beat. It is in full bloom in my garden right now. I had no idea what zone your area was in so I enjoyed the information on the maritime climate. I think you are spot on with suggestions to help the honeybees. I like to think the small gardeners can make a difference, however small, it all helps. P.S. Simply love that stunning blue of your hydrangea!


My Front Yard Plants

  • Autumn Joy Sedum
  • Azalea
  • Basket of Gold
  • Bearded Iris
  • Black Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia Fulgida)
  • Blueberry
  • Boxwood
  • Bridal Veil Bush
  • Burning Bush
  • Candytuft (Iberis Sempervirens)
  • Carnations
  • Cat Mint
  • Chysanthemum
  • Daffodils
  • Dahlia
  • Daylillies
  • Dogwood Tree (It's still very tiny.)
  • Euonymus
  • Fennel
  • Fuji Apple Tree
  • Garlic
  • Golden Rain Tree
  • Hardy Geranium
  • Heather
  • Hen and Chicks
  • Honeycrisp Apple Tree
  • Huechera
  • Hyacinth
  • Hydrangea
  • Ice Plant
  • Jackmanii Clematis
  • Kinkaku Japanese Tree Peony
  • Kinnikinnick
  • Lady's Mantle
  • Laurel Bush
  • Lavender
  • Lemon Balm
  • Lithodora
  • Love in the Mist
  • Marshmallow
  • Oregano
  • Oregon Stonecrop Sedum
  • Osteospernum
  • Phlox
  • Primrose
  • Purple Sage
  • Rose
  • Rosemary
  • Sedum Cockerellii
  • Sedum Hispanicum
  • Sedum ternatum 'Larinem Park'
  • Shasta Daisy
  • Sorrell
  • Strawberries (Everbearing)
  • Tulips
  • Unknown Plants
  • Vinca
  • Winter Savory
  • Wooly Thyme
  • Yarrow