Celebrate World Bee Day and learn what you can do to help the bees and other pollinators.
I’m celebrating the bees today in honor of World Bee Day, bringing awareness to importance of pollinators.
If you’ve been a follower of my blog for any length of time then you know I love all things *bee*
including seeing them buzz and bumble around the garden!
If you’re a gardener, you recognize the importance of bees and celebrate them everyday!
The United Nations designated May 20th as World Bee Day to raise awareness
of the importance of bees and other pollinators.
May 20th is significant as it coincides with the birthday of Anton Janša,
an 18th century pioneer of modern beekeeping techniques.
Bees provide one of the most recognizable ecosystem services, i.e. pollination,
which is what makes food production possible. By doing so, they protect and maintain ecosystems
as well as animal and plant species, and contribute to genetic and biotic diversity.
I gathered some bee favorites for a little vignette and tabletop fun
in the Potting Shed in honor of World Bee Day!
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A Bradshaw’s Clover Blossom Honey tin can was an eBay find a couple of years ago.
I was all abuzz over the vibrant *bee*utiful graphics, depicting bees swarming around a bee skep!
The seller identified it as a 1940s-era can. I’m not sure that’s accurate given how pristine the can is,
but it spoke to my bee-loving heart.
Ox-eye Daises and Bachelor Buttons are blooming
in the field next to the Potting Shed, free-for-the-picking.
They join sunflowers picked from the grocery store to fill the can.
A bee magnet landed on the can to cover the ‘Net Weight 5 lbs.’ 🐝
I gave the bee magnets a 2-minute makeover, adding some silver highlights, HERE.
Did you know that bees prefer bright blue and violet colored flowers as well as bright white and yellow?
Bees actually see color in the blue spectrum better than other hues
so growing blue flowers is a good way to attract them.
Bees pollinate a third of what we eat and play a vital role in sustaining the planet’s ecosystems.
Some 84% of the crops grown for human consumption need bees or other insects
to pollinate them to increase their yields and quality.
One vintage honey tin purchase leads to another ;) and I found a companion tin,
a vintage Beekist Blue Label Honey Tin, to serve as a vase for more flowers. . .
Did you know most species of bees don’t sting?
Female bees are physically capable of stinging, but most bee species native to the U.S. are “solitary bees,”
that don’t live in colonies and don’t sting unless they are physically threatened or injured.
Only honey bees are defensive and may chase someone who disturbs their hive.
Almonds, apples, blueberries, cucumbers, onions, pumpkins and strawberries
get ‘a buzz’ from bee pollination.
Here’s a fun fact:
A fully developed strawberry needs about 21 visits from bees.
A single strawberry, can have 400-500 seeds sitting on the surface of one berry.
The higher the number of fully developed seeds,
the bigger, tastier and more evenly-shaped a strawberry becomes.
By the same token, a bee shortage at the strawberry patch
will result in smaller or malformed strawberries.
There are more than 4,000 native bee species in the U.S. with over 500 species here in North Carolina.
They vary in size, shape, color and carry pollen in various places on their body
and even have different seasons of activity.
Another fun fact:
Bumblebees visit more flowers per minute than other pollinators.
Wallace Napoleon Bee Flatware is buzzing with bees . . .
A decorative bee skep is sprouting daisies for a little whimsy. . .
And we’re all about Hive Rules!
Bee Honest. . .
Bee Kind. . .
Bee Grateful, Bee Respectful
Bee Positive, *Bee*lieve in Yourself
And Bee Happy!
Nearly 90% of the world’s wild flowering plant species depend entirely, or at least in part,
on animal pollination, along with more than 75% of the world’s food crops
and 35% of global agricultural land.
Not only do pollinators contribute directly to food security,
but they are key to conserving biodiversity.
Bee Kind to our pollinators as the decline of bees affects us all:
🐝 Plant a diverse set of native plants, which flower at different times of the year
🐝 Buy raw honey from local farmers
🐝 Avoid pesticides, fungicides or herbicides in your garden
🐝 Protect wild bee colonies when possible
🐝 Sponsor a hive
🐝 Create a bee watering station using a saucer filled with pebbles or marbles for the bees to drink
🐝 Raise awareness around us by sharing this information within our communities and networks
Find out more about what you can do to help the bees, HERE.
Buzz over for a fun craft project that takes just 10 minutes to come together, ready to gift in under an hour:
Bee-utiful DIY Lavender-Rosemary Soap
Create a ‘Bee Happy’ Wreath to celebrate gardening season
And help yourself a sweet treat, buzzing with flavor:
Create a flower arrangement to hang on the door using a
Prime Envelope Upcycle for a Basket Buzzing with Blooms
Provide a safe water source for the bees and other pollinators
in the garden with a DIY Bee Watering Station.
It’s easy, can serve as a focal point and decorative garden ornament
or *bee* as simple as you like!
Hive Rules Sign / Michaels
Bee table runner / Sur la Table, several years ago
Bee skep / Hobby Lobby, several years ago
Embossed Bee Skep Plates / Naturewood by Pfaltzgraff, discontinued
Michel Design Works Honey & Clover Melamine Plates
Bee Sweet dinner plates / Certified International, used HERE
Bee Sweet 8.5″ Salad/Dessert Plates / Certified International
Ciroa Buffalo Check Dinner Plates / HomeGoods, several years ago, used HERE
Bee Mason Jar Mugs / Tuesday Morning
Flower Chargers / Pier 1, several years ago
Placemats / Target, several years ago
“The hum of bees is the voice of the garden.”
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Thank you for reminding us of the importance of bees
What a great post!! Loved the bee lesson and your photos are fantastic!
This post is as lovely as it is informative. May we all have a bee-autiful summer! 🐝
Mary, your post is bee-utiful and educational. I was just outside watching the bees on my gold mound spirea as they enjoyed the purplish blooms. You are a valuable source of the importance of bees. I love your bee celebration in the potting shed and I just know the bees appreciate it! Happy Friday!
Enjoyed this post so much – beautiful and informational. Thank you and Happy World Bee Day!!!
Mary, The info you shared is so important! Your bee collection of items is really pretty! Love the dishes! Happy Friday! Clara ❤️
Thank you Mary! Beautiful photography and I learned interesting new information. We shall *bee* making a little bee watering station to add to our small garden. 🐝
🐝🐝Very informative! We need to “bee” aware of the little things in life that are the most important to our world!
Also enjoyed the Bee tablescape ideas. Thank you.
I have a rather large bee collection, but I don’t have all those “beautiful” plates!
Thank you for the information on bees and their importance. Your bee collection is absolutely wonderful. Happy World Bee Day.
Beeutiful Post! Very informative too! You know how to show us a little slice of heaven! Thanks again Mary!
Happy World Bee Day. Thankyou for always reminding us how important bees are and how different our world would be if they disappeared. I had set out my decorative skeps in our garden but I must put out my other bee items and refresh my outdoor bee bath. Loved watching some native bumblebees on my catmint they other day. They worked that plant all day long. Your table settings and garden photos are always so beautiful.
I always learn something from you, Mary. Thank you for sharing your info on all things bee related, and for sharing your pretty bee pieces. Have a bee-utiful weekend on your lake. 🐝 💛💛🐝
Thanks to your sharing the importance of bee watering stations, I now have one in my yard. Keep spreading the word about this easy project, and we’ll be able to sustain bees globally!
Awesome and beautiful post my friend! Happy Bee Day!
Mary, thanks for your wonderful bee post! It is so informative. Your pictures are absolutely gorgeous! How fortunate to have that lovely field of flowers beside you == and what a great spot for all the bees! I just love your potting bench and how you have decorated it! It’s just so cute! Have a great weekend!
Thank you for the outstanding reminder of how important bees are to our life, and all the fun and interesting facts…I did not know bees were especially attracted to blue flowers! You have so many adorable bee accessories used in so many clever and delightful ways, just Bee-u-tiful Mary! Happy World Bee Day!
Honey of a post Mary! Bee happy!
Bee-it-ful Mary. So much important information about bees. You have quite the collection of awesome bee decor items. The bee water station is a great idea. Love the bee lavender soap, I should make some because we have lots of lavender. How lovely to have a field of flowers close by.
Mary, I never realized how many wonderful Bee tins that you have in your extensive collection of all things “BEES”…..so many words of wisdom to live by…Thank you for the BEE-utiful inspiration. 🐝 I had noticed in the past your Bee watering station and we just created one this weekend!
So love we share the same warmth for bees, plus twins on so many bee pieces! love all the facts and figures you share along with your creativity and time! I’m as busy as bee toiling daily in the garden, I keep hoping life will simmer down so I can just enjoy the honey! Great celebeeation!
Mary, your collection of bee goodies are really fun! I love the photographs you have taken with all of the bees, butterflies and flowers ~ stunning!! Thank you for providing some lovely gift ideas through Amazon; I chose two bee pillow slips.
Happy springtime to you,
BEE BEE BEE HAPPY! I’m always happy when I’m working in my gardens and see all the bees buzzing around…I too have read that most bees don’t or won’t sting if you just don’t bother them…I work with them surrounding me and sometimes I talk to them…encouraging them to keep up their good work! 😄 I have also read that some bees are so docile that you can even pet them…I reluctantly tried this with a large bumblebee but decided I would just let him/her BEE! 🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝