Which came first--the flower or the bee? I've often pondered this question as I watch a bumble bee back into a penstemon flower seemingly designed with perfect measurements with regard to her bee-shape. Busy honey bees seeming to buzz perfectly in tune to Rimsky's "Flight of the Bumble Bee" invite me to sing along. Of course there's the sneaky leaf cutter bee sawing perfect circles in rose leaves when nobody is looking. Bees in the garden make me laugh, and over time I've grown to respect and appreciate the vital work that they naturally provide.
As most gardeners know, bees are essential for healthy gardens and pollination for agriculture. Unfortunately since 2006, the honey bee has been in decline due to a condition called Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD), possibly caused by a virus, pesticides, fungus, or environmental stress. Record numbers of bee workers began to abandon their hives causing the colonies to die, and in the US alone there has been a 30% loss of the bee population. There is hope in reversing this trend, but gardeners, as well as farmers, need to do their part as well.
Five Ways to Help the Bees
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