Any gardener will understand that the balance of nature in a garden has to be maintained or we end up with barren wastes of concrete. Whatever their practical uses they do not lift the soul.
Having been privileged to witness a swarm before I left my last home, I’d seen at first hand the power of a large number of bees. It’s easy to think we’re under attack. In truth the bees are simply trying to find somewhere to build a colony. They chose to swarm around a rosemary bush, one of the colours they prefer. They also according to Jacqueline Freeman prefer clumps of favourite flowers rather than a single bush here and there. Collecting nectar needs energy and the more they can concentrate on a small area, the more effective they are in their efforts.
Song of Increase is an absorbing book. The subtitle is Listening to the Wisdom of Honeybees for Kinder Beekeeping and a Better World.
From the half a dozen petitions on various websites this year, it seems we’ve woken up to the damage we’re doing. Particularly with pesticides and monocultures to maximise profit. Every little action we take as gardeners to help bees means we’re less likely to lose the important work they do on our behalf.
Like the Joni Mitchell song warned us, if we don’t value what’s important, we will lose something we can’t replace like the work of bees.