In Norway we have projects like Buzzing gardens, that is a lot of initiative to help honey bees, bumble bees and other pollinators. They are in deep decline world wide and this is a huge problem. Because insects like these are pollinators, and have a key role in producing much of the food that we eat. Through pollination of crops such as tomatoes, peas, apples and strawberries, insects are estimated to contribute to €14.2 billion per annum to the EU economy.
There are many reasons to this decline, especially from changes in agricultural techniques and loss of wildflower fields. But as ordinary people we can in fact contribute. There are one million gardens only in this small country, and even more balconies. What we can do is to plant flowers, we can buy or build hides for the bees, we can stop keeping our gardens tidy in all corners, because bees also like wild flowers. And most important of all: stop using poison in gardening. Here is a link with ten steps on how you can help the bees.
Moseplassen, a well known blog about gardening in Norway, have started Humlestafetten, a relay race to spred knowledge about the bees’ problem, and to make more people help these essential insects. I don’t know if I can participate, since my blog is in english, but I gladly make a post about bees anyway. I can even challenge some of my fellow bloggers to blog about flowers and bees. Maybe they would do anyway, since they are lovers of nature: In Sweden, Framsnacka, from USA, Hoof Beats and Foot Prints, from Australia, Living with Nature. and from France, A French Garden, a blog that often blog about bees.
I have seen a couple of bumble bees this year, but it is only the middle of May and that means hardly any flowers yet so far north. So these photos are not from this year, but they are all from my garden, or wildflowers around my garden, and I am looking forward to seeing them again soon. We like them, both me and the bees. There are more photos in my gallery of flowers. If you want to sign a petiotion to stop some of the pesticides that kills bees, here you can: http://action.sumofus.org/a/home-depot-lowes-bees-neonicotinoids/?sub=tw