Search This Blog

Beautiful Ways to Save the Bees

You might have seen a graphic going around that has a photo with a list of fruits, veggies and
nuts stating, “If you like these foods, save the bees!” While I don’t believe that the end of squash as we know it is ending immediately, I do know that there are some very real effects from the drop in numbers of our best pollinator, the bee. Thankfully, there are plenty of beautiful ways to save the bees.

The Benefit of Bees

I have personally experienced the effects of insufficient pollination. Pollinators, including butterflies, bees, flies, even wasps, move pollen as they go from bloom to bloom feeding on nectar. They pick up pollen from male blooms, and drop it off on sticky female blooms. Bees move a tremendous amount of pollen, obvious to anyone simply by looking at the yellow rings of pollen on their back legs. When a female bloom does not get pollinated, the fruit will not develop.

How to Help

Plant a wildflower bed in the corner of your yard

Most of us have an unused portion of yard we are tired of mowing. Why not turn it into a perennial flower garden? There are many beautiful wildflowers that are great for attracting hummingbirds, butterflies and bees. Consider planting bee balm, dill, coneflower, zinnias, perennial sunflowers and dahlias for fresh blooms all season. Many of these varieties also make beautiful cut flowers, but be sure to leave plenty of blooms for the bees. To make things simple, I love these sets from Renee's Garden. My bees loved the flowers from the Butterfly and Hummingbird set. 

Make seed bombs

Turn feeding the bees into a family event by making seed bombs. Soak newspaper in water until it is mushy fiber. Remove the fiber, take a pinch of wildflower seeds, mix it up, and squeeze out the water. Allow it to dry thoroughly. Enjoy a cool afternoon drive with the family, tossing out your seed bombs. This is an excellent opportunity to discuss the science behind flowers and pollinators.

Consider clover

Do you have any areas in your lawn where grass won’t grow? Try planting clover for a no-mow alternative. Dutch white clover grows to about 8” tall and produces tiny white blooms great for feeding all pollinators! Clover doesn’t tolerate much traffic, so plant it in those areas that are infrequently traveled. If you have patches of clover in your yard already, consider mowing around the clover, allowing it to bloom in the early spring when our bee friends need food the most.

Provide a habitat

Everything needs a place to live and bees are no exception. Make your own bee habitats, or purchase an attractive and functional bee habitat.

Bees get a bad name because they do occasionally sting, but keep in mind that bees are not aggressive. They only sting when they are threated so move slowly and carefully when working with them in the garden. Add some of these beautiful ways to save the bees to your garden to benefit from increase pollination.

What is your favorite bee-friendly flower?


Post a Comment

Total Pageviews

Creative Commons License
The Restoration Garden by Tiffany Selvey is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.
Based on a work at
Permissions beyond the scope of this license may be available at