The unseasonably warm weather in the midwest has my tulips coming up in February! While I dislike February and its typical dreariness more than any other it has been good for my emotional well-being to feel like spring is around the corner. My emotional well-being isn’t really the most important thing since I have weathered enough Februarys to know I will make it to the promises of March. The real and true effects of climate change on the weather and pollinators is a topic worthy of much more discussion.
My friend Kate of Bee Public, (you can hear her podcast episode here), has taught me a lot about the plight of the bumblebee, the honeybee, and the many other bees in the yard. Learning from her I knew that planting a bee garden should be high on my list. It was too late in the growing season last year to get started, but it didn’t stop me from studying and planning.
The Bee-Friendly Garden is a great book if you too want to get started and make your own sanctuary spot for the bees. You will not only learn about what to plant, you will also get a crash course in bees. Big topics like why they are important, and not just the honeybees, all the bees! The book is mostly about planning and planting your own bee garden. With lists of plants for every United States region, beautiful photos and suggestions on where to place the plantings you will be dreaming big of the bee paradise you will grow.
The authors are a bee expert and a landscape architect that have spent years designing and educating about the benefits and beauty of pollinator friendly gardens. With the increases every year in bee deaths, climate change and other factors affecting bees this is a much needed book and one that every gardener should add to his, or her, collection. While the weather is still a little cold for planting you can dream of spring and start planning a little spot in your yard to support the bees and the future.
I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review. All thoughts are my own and I received no other compensation.