A woman walked into our store last week looking for a spray for bees. My ears perked up as I'm always interested in anything bees. Discussing what her bee issue was, I discovered she had a general bug issue, but she was terrified of bees so she picked on them. She wanted to obliterate them, in case they invaded her garden. I breathed deeply, and asked her, "Do you like to eat?" She was taken aback, as our conversation had absolutely no food or epicurean connection—or so she thought. She answered, "Yes, of course I do." I suggested she learn to tame her need for vengeance on the bees as without them, "you just ain't gonna eat." She laughed, thankfully. We had a long conversation about her fears, her garden and we got onto talking about recipes (Our place tends to do that a lot—divagate).
It is rare that a bee will attack you, or even come close to you.They are shy and industriously busy. Way too busy to bother with us humans. Yet, they are our best friends, our valiant workers, our gentle buzz that keeps our ecosystem producing. The lady left without a pesticide, but with a monarda and an anemone, which I helped her choose, to encourage bees into her garden.
We can't stress enough, how important it is to plant flowers, shrubs, and perennials to help our pollinators do their job.
Here is a list of plants that we can offer you:
- Anemone—Robustissima , Honorine Jobert,September Charm
- Aster—Goliath, Dark Beauty, Happy End, Alert , Professor Kippenberg
- Geranium—Biokovo, Johnston Blue
- Lavender—Hidcote, Munstead, Platinum Blonde
- Monarda—Grand Marshall, Pardon My Purple, Pardon My Pink, Petite Delight
- Salvia Blue
ANNUALS AND HERBS
- Sweet Alyssum
- Hamamelis—Witch Hazel