The lost bee…

“There are bees in every hive with inherent imperfections: they cannot navigate from the directions given by others.

They fly off everywhere. They are always getting lost. They never gather much pollen.

Yet, by an incongruous twist of fate, these bees can still dance directions to others.

And so they occasionally return from their misguided wanderings with delirious gospel of what they have found.

Good god, what they have found! It is the lost bee who finds new flowers.”
Jack Haas

The birds and the bees…

We recently talked about how the bees on our planet are very slowly, but surely, dying off?

This subject has been highlighted many times over by scientists, but it seems not a lot of people are paying much attention to it…meanwhile, the bees continue to die.

Rather than go on and on about the technicalities of the thing, I think one little sentence will surmise what bees mean to life on earth:

“Bees pollinate a third of the food we eat….in short, no bees, no food, period”

So what can we do about it?

I put this question to a group of friends the other day, when we just happened to be gathered at the Everything Cafe (E Pender/Columbia).

The consensus was that the problem be tackled on a local basis. Especially important are derelict or unused places in downtown core city areas. I know for sure that there are many such places, some tiny, some large, in and around the Vancouver downtown area, which, with a little co-operation from the city authorities, be turned into havens for bees and butterflies.

I noticed such areas last time I was walking around the railway Street area, just past Alexander/Dunlevy in the downtown eastside (DTE). That place has many old and derelict buildings which have little areas of grass or turf either behind or in front, that could easily be dug up and planted with wildflowers and other plants that attract insects.

And this can be done anywhere in the world, wherever you are.

So in the downtown Vancouver area, we have formed ourselves a little co-operative, and are looking for as many more members as possible, the more the better, so that when we say something later on, the authorities will have no choice but to at least listen to what the local residents are saying.

If you wish to join us, please leave a comment here and I will email you back with our next meet-up….remember, FREE coffees are on us!

Our bees are dying out!

It’s not often we thank insects for making our lives livable on this planet.

usually, we are the first to squish an insect soon as we see it.

But few people know that if it weren’t for bees, almost every sign of life we see around us, would not be there, period.

Because it isĀ  bees who pollinate flowers, which in turn give us fruits and vegetables. Without bees, none of the wondrous flora we see would exist.

So it is an urgent message that we hear from scientists nowadays, when they say that the world’s bees are dying out, the biggest reason being habitat loss.

In Europe alone, they estimate that over the past 100 years, the bee population has dwindled by 75%….that is serious.

How can we help bees in our area? Easy…just set aside a small area of your garden where you can plant pollen-rich flowers, such as lavender, nasturtiums, poppies cornflowers and primroses etc.

Or maybe grow them in a hanging basket if you don’t have the space in a garden.

I always have 3 or 4 large pots on my balcony set aside for planting wildflowers in. And apart from the beautiful colours of the flowers, they attract bees all the time in the summer.

Help them to help us, you could say!