You may have heard about a new environmental problem on the rise – bee populations are mysteriously disappearing. While scientists don’t know the exact cause for this decline, they do know that the world’s food resources will be severely affected without these industrious insects. The good news is, there are ways we can all do our part to help – and Boyd’s Flowers is here to assist you in stocking your yard with bee-friendly flowers and plants.
Did you know? Bees are natural pollinators. They collect the nectar and pollen from a variety of plants and flowers, including many plants that are worldwide food sources, like fruit trees and vegetables.
How You Can Help – Be a part of the movement to cultivate the bee population and increase food sources globally – host bees in your own backyard! Flowers which provide sugary nectar and protein-rich pollen are excellent for feeding bees. By adding flowers like sunflowers, coneflowers, and black-eyed Susans to your garden, the bees will be attracted and be given a delicious buffet to feast on. The bright sunflowers featured in the Nautical Nights design (above) are a perfect example of bee-friendly blooms that will enhance any porch, garden or other outdoor space.
This “You’re The Best!” arrangement showcases asters, daisies, and goldenrod- all examples of options to attract bees. Other flowers and plants include bee balm, butterfly bushes, lavender, chives, salvia, and cosmos.
Bee Cool Down: Bees need water in the summer – quite a bit, in fact – so set up a hydration station in your yard. Shallow dishes with fresh, clean water are perfect, but make sure that you add sticks or rocks so that the bees have a place to land and drink safely.
This summer, be purposeful about the flowers you use to grace your garden or outdoor tables. Beautiful, bright blooms are always in style – especially if they can also make a global impact. The floral experts at Boyd’s Flowers are happy to help you choose the perfect bee friendly flowers for your Wilmington yard – come talk to us!