WATCH: The importance of bees
“On the way up to the village today we passed hillsides full of tea plants and chrysanthemums with bee hives at the bottom of the hills about every quarter mile…the boxes look just like ours….thought you’d like to see them!”
[via HoneyLovers Larry & Leslie Austin traveling through China]
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WATCH: More than Honey
Allegro Film PRODUCTION
One of the major natural wonders of our planet hangs in peril: the honeybee. The most prolific of all animals, flying from flower to flower reliably disappears slowly. It’s a mysterious death that is observed worldwide with worry. Because a life without the bee is unthinkable. It is the great nourisher of men. But their big day is demanded: the global demand for natural products rests on her delicate wings. Between pesticides, antibiotics, monocultures and transportation from plantation to plantation appear to the queens and their workers to lose their powers. MORE THAN HONEY takes us into the fascinating world of bees. Director Markus Imhoof pursuing their destiny by their own family beekeeping to honey industrialized farms and beekeepers. With spectacular shots he subsequently opens the view of a world beyond blossom and honey, that you will not soon forget.
[via Justus Thane; Flickr]
WATCH: “Biodiversity begins with a B” [via Scottish National Heritage]
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What should I plant? California bluebell
According to the Xerces Society, in addition to honeybees there are over 4000 species of native bees in the U.S. alone.
From leafcutter and mason bees, to miner, carpenter, and digger bees, virtually all bees and pollinators are attracted to the California Bluebells’ deep blue, bell shaped flowers and long golden stamens.
The petals reflect ultra-violet light and therefore look like a well lit runway for foraging bees. Sow this hardy annual in the early Spring in full sun and sandy or well-drained soil.
Photo credit: Kathy Dunham
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