You Can Help Your Local Beekeepers!
Do you like flowers
in your garden? Honey Bees do! Of course, there are many other "critters" that help to pollinate and who
happen to love some of the same flowers as bees do:
Hummingbirds, Butterflies and various "bee" type insects,
just to name a few.
If you like a flower garden, why not plant those
which honey bees love to forage upon?
Naturally, there are different climates we all
live in, but for our area, or "zone" here in Santa Cruz County, we encourage you to plant some of the following:
Alyssum, Ornamental Strawberry, Marigold, Zinnia, Bottlebrush, Lavenders,
Valerian, Buckwheat, Salvias, Eucalyptus Ficifolia "Red Flowering Eucalyptus", Native Eucalyptus, Wild Mustard, Flowering
Plum, Flowering Pear, Sage, Toyon, Escallonia, Cotoneaster, Orange tree, Lime Tree, Lantana, Ceanothus, Hibiscus, Albizia
Julibrissin "Silk Tree", to name just a few.
Plant some of the above in your yard. But,
remember, never spray with pesticides! Sounds like a "no-brainer", but sometimes we think that using certain pesticides
might not be harmful. Always make certain that what is used in your garden is not going to kill beneficial insects and
For all the beekeepers, at least in our area, and hopefully for all in the land, I say,
"Thank You! For helping by planting flowers
that thrive in your "zone" for all honey bees to enjoy!"
And, for planting these to help other creatures "make a living". Afterall, helping them
is also important for their and our survival.