Each spring many of us embrace the warm weather with open arms. Whether you have a small flower bed hanging from your balcony or a huge property immersed in beautiful foliage, each garden is planned to perfection. Our personal Eden, no matter how big or small, is our voyage of solitude. We may entertain, create a play area for our children, or just relax in the beauty of the garden.
Even if you are an expert gardener, your property will not prosper without the help of nature’s best friend, the insects. One of the most precious creatures, the bee, is misunderstood as a pest, whereas without this tiny insect, the world would be in peril.
Without these buzzing creatures, on a smaller scale, it is the difference between your fruit tree serving you with endless sweet snacks or not even providing you with one fruit to eat. A bee can make a small flower bed into a huge sprawling garden or without one just a few bulbs. Bees indicate the success or failure of your garden, so definitely think before you swat!
“The bee is more honored than other animals, not because she labors, but because she labors for others.” Saint John Chrysostom
Beyond our personal gardens, bees play an essential role in our world. First off, they produce delicious honey, a wonderful treat and a big part of organic beauty products. Bees also keep the balance of our greenery, helping plants produce fruits and flowers blossom among other various importances. They are also food for humming birds and dragon flies, to name a few. Despite their stings if you get to close or irritate them, these creatures are essential for our livelihoods as well as other animals and plants.
However, our buzzing friends are in trouble. Their populations are rapidly decreasing in the United States and other parts of the world. There are many theories: certain pesticides used on crop and foods, pollution or cell phone radio towers. Scientists are frantically investigating to figure out this phenomenon as many crops die out and honey prices are on a steady increase.
Unless you are deathly allergic, the next time you swat at what you think is an annoying pest; remember how important this little creature is to the world. He may just be attracted to your scent of sweet perfume or your outdoor beverage. A quick shift of your place or staying still rather then ending a bees life might just mean the prevailing of hundreds of fruit trees and thousands of flowers in your area. So in the spring, if you want a beautiful garden, expect a visit from a few buzzing friends!
This we know; all things are connected like the blood that unites us.
We do not eave the web of life; we are merely a strand in it.
Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves