Happy National Pollinator Week!
In celebration, I gathered some bee favorites for a little tabletop vignette the Potting Shed!
National Pollinator Week is a time to celebrate pollinators and spread the word about what you can do to protect them.
Pollinator populations are changing. Many pollinator populations are in decline attributed to a loss in feeding and nesting habitats. Pollution, the misuse of chemicals, disease, and changes in climatic patterns are all contributing to shrinking and shifting pollinator populations.
Somewhere between 75% and 95% of all flowering plants on the earth need pollinators. Pollinators provide pollination services to over 180,000 different plant species and more than 1200 crops. That means that you have pollinators to thank for 1 out of every 3 bites of food you eat.
Pollinators add 217 billion dollars to the global economy and honey bees alone are responsible for between 1.2 and 5.4 billion dollars in agricultural productivity in the United States. In addition to the food that we eat, pollinators support healthy ecosystems that clean the air, stabilize soils, protect from severe weather, and support other wildlife.
Gardeners are encouraged to create pollinator-friendly habitats with native flowering plants that supply pollinators with nectar, pollen, and homes. Select old-fashioned varieties of flowers whenever possible since breeding has caused some modern blooms to lose their fragrance and/or the nectar/pollen needed to attract and feed pollinators.
I’ve been stalking bees with my camera. . .salvia and bee balm have been buzzing with bees.
Along with Lamb’s Ear blooms.
Female bumblebees and honey bees have pollen baskets to collect the pollen grains to return to the nest for their offspring. You can see the pollen basket is visible on this female bumblebee on the Lamb’s Ear.
I cut some garden blooms to fill a new-to-me beehive shaped watering can found at a favorite antique mall. . .
And filled some Quattro Stagioni Canning Jars that have an adorable (hard to photograph!) bee skep design with flowers. . .
Buddleia, commonly known as butterfly bush, hydrangea, ‘Lollipop’ Verbena, Bee Balm and oregano that’s blooming. German chamomile and Queen Anne’s Lace are growing wild along the edge of the field by Potting Shed.
Embossed salad plates are abuzz with a bee skep design. . .
Other things you can do to help pollinators is to design your garden so that there is a continuous succession of plants flowering from spring through fall.
And avoid pesticides to protect the bees and other pollinators! If you choose to use pesticides, use the least toxic ones and apply them at night when most pollinators aren’t active.
Gold bee magnets are drawn to silver napkin rings like bees to nectar, for easy embellishing and dressing up plain napkin rings!
Flatware is buzzing with bees and on a table runner found at Sur la Table on sale at the end of the season a couple of years ago.
La Rochere Bee Goblets are ideal for summertime sipping. . .
I found a vintage Woodman’s Famous Bee-Ware Smoker at my favorite antique mall a couple of years ago. . .
Beauty is in the eye of the *bee* holder ; ) and I loved the graphics on the smoker. It hangs from rafters in my Potting Shed when it doesn’t hang over the window.
I was all abuzz about a Nordic Ware Beehive Cakelet Pan on clearance at Sur la Table last summer.
Help yourself to a Honey Lemon Cakelet, recipe found here.
Bee Salad Plates / Tim Coffey for Creative Co-Op, Antique Farmhouse
Bee plates / Amazon
Embossed Bee Skep Plates / Naturewood by Pfaltzgraff, several years ago
La Rochere Bee Glasses/ World Market
Wallace Napoleon Bee Flatware/ Horchow
Woven Chargers/ World Market, several years ago
Bee Table Runner / Sur la Table, several years ago
Bee Cloche / HomeGoods, last year
Quattro Stagioni Jars/ T.J. Maxx
Bee Skeps / retail days
Bee Magnets / Mackenzie–Childs, last year
Silver Napkin Rings / Bed, Bath & Beyond
Napkins / Pier 1
Find out more about National Pollinator Week and what you can do help our pollinators, here.
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