Celebrate the bees for National Pollinator Week! Find buzzworthy DIYs, along with table settings to pay tribute to hard working, busy bees, responsible for 30% of our food supply. You’ll also learn what you can do to help the bees and other pollinators.
Happy National Pollinator Week!
I’m sharing some ‘bee’ favorites, DIYs and tabletop fun in celebration!
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 every day!
I’m sharing some fun table inspiration in honor of bees, along with some buzzworthy DIYs,
sprinkled in with information to raise awareness of pollinators!
Click on the highlighted links for more details, sources or table inspiration.
National Pollinator Week is a time to celebrate pollinators and
spread the word about what you can do to protect them.
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.
Think outside the vase and upcycle a vintage honey can as a vase for garden flowers.
Post includes includes flower arrangement longevity tips and additional floral inspiration.
Somewhere between 75% and 95% of all flowering plants on earth need help with pollination.
Pollinators provide pollination services to over 180,000 different plant species and more than 1200 crops.
That means that 1 out of every three bites of food you eat is there because of pollinators.
Pollinators are also responsible for half of the world’s oils, fibers and raw materials.
Most pollinators (about 200,000 species) are beneficial insects such as bees,
beetles, wasps, ants, butterflies, moths, and flies.
About 1,000 of all pollinators are vertebrates such as birds, bats, and small mammals.
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.
Download a bee identification guide from Pollinator.org, HERE.
Fun fact: Bees actually see color in the blue-violet spectrum better than other hues
so growing blue flowers is a good way to attract them to your vegetable garden!
Upcycle an Amazon Prime Envelope and create an arrangement
buzzing with blooms in honor of National Pollinator Week.
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,
as breeding has caused some modern blooms to lose their fragrance
and/or the nectar/pollen needed to attract and feed pollinators.
Bee Kind and avoid using harmful pesticides and herbicides that can harm pollinators
and the environment.
Instead, use natural alternatives such as neem oil,
soap sprays and beneficial bugs like ladybugs and praying mantises
to help deter pests.
Bees and other pollinators all need fresh water to drink. Honey bees use water to regulate the temperature of the hive, feed young bees, and dilute stored honey. A deep water source like a creek, lake or even birdbath puts bees at risk of drowning or being food for other predators, as they can’t swim. Providing a safe water source is simple and fun way to help pollinators. You put together a watering station in just minutes in your garden, making it as simple or as decorative as you like!
A Woodman’s Famous Bee-Ware Smoker was an antique mall find.
I was smitten with the graphics of the bee keeper on the smoker. . .
Beauty is in the eye of the *bee* holder. ;) 🐝
Home gardens attract pollinators too, and cities and suburbs have been shown to have more diverse pollinator communities than nearby wildlands.
As long as there are plots and patches of flowers, city life will not deter pollinators and hungry bees.
Pollinator gardening near community gardens also increases urban agricultural yields.
If you build it, they will come and help you get bigger and better crops too!
Welcome bees, butterflies and hummingbirds to your garden with plants they love!
An easy and fun way to brighten your patio or deck,
while making a positive impact on the environment.
Looking for a bee-utiful and easy craft project?
A fragrant and fun craft project that comes together in just 10 minutes, ready to give in under an hour.
Find the easy steps and materials to make a wreath to celebrate the bees and gardening season.
Elevate your napkins with DIY Bee-Jeweled Napkin Rings and create napkin rings for less
than the luxe designer ones they’re inspired by.
They make an easy and sparkling addition to your table that everyone will be buzzing about!
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 is, not living 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.
🐝 Bee Kind to Pollinators:
🐝 Reduce or eliminate the use of pesticides. If you must use them, use the most selective and least toxic ones and apply them at night when most pollinators aren’t active.
🐝 Plant in clusters to create a “target” for pollinators to find.
🐝 Plant for continuous bloom throughout the growing season from spring to fall.
🐝 Select a site that has shelter from wind (by trees and shrubs), has at least partial sun, and can provide water.
🐝 Allow material from dead branches and logs remain as nesting sites; reduce mulch to allow patches of bare ground for ground-nesting bees to utilize; consider installing wood nesting blocks for wood-nesting natives.
🐝 Support farmers and beekeepers by buying local honey and locally produced organic foods.
I love stalking bees with my camera. . .
salvia and verbena have been buzzing with bees.
An alternative to a wreath and summer door décor for the Potting Shed door.
Find buzz-worthy ideas for a bee-themed tea party,
including Bee’s Knees iced tea, bee-studded teapot flower arrangements
and a recipe for mini beehive cakelets.
Or treat yourself to Honey Lavender Lemon Loaf!
Buzzing with flavor, with lavender lending a floral note, topped with bright, citrusy lemon glaze.
Find out more about what you can do to help pollinators, HERE.
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