I’ll be honest and admit that I have a terrible fear of bees. Whenever I did something bad as a child, I had to hoe our front garden where a hive of burrowing bees lived. Yes, you read that right: burrowing bees. There’s nothing scarier than bees crawling out of the ground to fly angrily at you. However, now that the bees are disappearing, it’s so important that we put away our fears and work hard to keep them in our gardens. After all, where would we be without honey?
Here are some fun links for all you (new) bee lovers:
- Did you know that some bees live in bee homes? You can make your own bee home easily to ensure nicely pollinated plants and a gentle hum around your home. The National Wildlife Federation shares this easy DIY on How to Build a Bee House so that you can be a bee home builder.
- Scientists now know that bees communicate information and directions to delicious flowers through dance moves. Yes, they really are the bees’ knees. (Sorry, I couldn’t help it.) Thanks to this Youtube video, you can watch a bee come back from a garden and do a waggle dance for his friends.
- While I don’t like bees, I LOVE their honey. It’s nearly the end of summer but that doesn’t mean there isn’t time to get in one last round of homemade ice cream. This delicious honey-almond ice cream by A Sweet Simple Life doesn’t even require an ice cream maker!
- If you own a garden and haven’t been seeing many bees this season, you’ll definitely want to check out this Guide to Bee-Friendly Gardens by the Urban Bee Gardens. They list flowers and plants that the buzzy insects love best and how to conduct ‘safari trips’ with your kids in the garden.
- If you have the itch to make something spectacular this fall, you are going to love this Bee Keeper’s Quilt Knitting Pattern by Magpie Patterns. This quilt combines breathtaking patchwork ‘hexipuffs’. So it’s intricate AND puffy. How cool is that?
(Oh, and as a side note, it’s fine if you still don’t like hornets or wasps. Those are just plain mean!)