• 5 Reasons To Get A Taste For Local Honey

    September is National Honey Month. It’s an ideal time to celebrate honey and indulge in your craving for this sweet and viscous food known as “liquid gold.”  While indulging, why not focus on local honey, or honey made as close as possible to your home?  Here are five potent reasons to step away from the […]

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  • Honeybees Need You to Eat Organics

    Pesticide use is threatening honeybees’ survival – deaths are on the rise and honey production dropping Honeybees are crucial pollinators responsible for every third bite on our dinner plate. A recent survey revealed that our humble honeybees are sicker than ever. Honeybee deaths this year were much higher than last year. And last year marked […]

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  • Delightful Doublefile Viburnum ‘Shasta’ – A Beloved Bee Plant to add to your Bee Garden

    Plant a Doublefile Viburnum ‘Shasta’ for your bee neighbors Graceful, elegant and generous are but a few of the words that spring to mind when describing Doublefile Viburnum, (V. plicatum var. tomentosum); one of the most delightful species in my absolute favorite genus of woody plants. She is an important source of pollen and nectar […]

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  • It is a Strange and Beautiful World

    Manmade stone beehives unnoticed for centuries in Scotland’s Rosslyn Chapel. “It is a strange and beautiful world.” — Roberto, the Italian tourist in Jim Jarmusch’s quirky 1986 movie, Down by Law Rosslyn Chapel is a medieval church in Scotland originally made famous because of the beauty of its architecture and storied history.  It began experiencing […]

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  • Plight of the Dwindling Honeybee

    The urgent need to support organic initiatives and save the bees Each spring, during my childhood, I planted trees with my dad and my brother, and the bees always intrigued us. Last year, in late June, I finished “The Incomparable Honeybee;” I was cautiously optimistic that the overall death rate amongst honeybees was trending downward. […]

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  • Butterfly Weed (Aesclepias Tuberosa): Bold, Beautiful and the Life of the Midsummer Garden Party

    Bring color and bees to your garden with the Butterfly Weed Oh to be a butterfly! Just imagine fluttering upon the delightful butterfly weed blossom; saturated in golden-orange color and loaded with sweet nectar. What a feast! Why I’d flit from flower to flower, happily sharing precious pollen with hovering hummingbirds and buzzing bees, from […]

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  • Leave Me the Birds and the Bees, Please

    Italy bans the use of neonicotinoid pesticides to protect bees. “Hey farmer, farmer, put away your DDT.  I don’t care about spots on my apples.  Just leave me the birds and the bees, please.” Big Yellow Taxi, Joni Mitchell Did you see this little news item that ran back in May:  “Italy Bans Pesticide for […]

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  • Penstemon, Rudbeckia and Veronica: An Easy, Breezy, Flowering Combination for Mid-Summer Meadow Gardens

    Gardening for bees and humans alike: black-eyed Susan, sky-blue speedwell, and beard’s tongue Bees buzzing in the garden, sun-tea brewing on the terrace, and books piled high beside the hammock; sweet summertime is here at last. I love waking up to early morning sunshine playing upon the warm, summery colors in my garden.

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  • Japanese Honey Bee: A Unique Defense Against the Giant Hornet

    The Japanese honey bee (Apis cerrana japonica) has evolved a unique defensive behavior to combat Japanese giant hornets (Vespa mandarinia).  It’s a defensive behavior that has taken centuries if not eons to develop. In the picture above, we can see this formation, called a “bee ball,” which is enveloping two hornets. Why is the Japanese […]

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  • Delightful Plants for Honeybees and their Human Friends

    Container Gardening with Herbs and Edible Flowers Guest post by The Gardener’s Eden, which can be found on Facebook or at http://www.thegardenerseden.com/. It looks like spring has sprung at last – the signs are popping up everywhere. Farmer’s markets and garden centers are bursting with herbs and flowers, veggie seedlings and hanging baskets. The growing […]

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