Bees are on the decline, particularly honey bees. Without bees and other pollinators, every gardener knows that plants just won’t do what they are meant to. This summer, I noticed in my own garden the proliferation of squash blossoms that never became zucchini and pumpkins, instead languishing on the vine, unfertilized. I am inspired by insect walls and want to try my hand a creating one of these textural masterpieces.
Bee walls and bee houses can help to bring back solitary, native and stingless bees that, while they do not make honey, will provide the pollination mechanism that is needed to maintain biodiversity and healthy gardens and plants. Reading about bees, I learned that apparently honey bees are not native to the US. (I had no idea!)
These German bee houses and insect walls were found at Wildbienen (Wild Bee) which with a little google translation, provides a wealth of information about making this visually interesting garden features. Bee houses and insect walls provide a habitat for these vital garden residents and encourage them to re-populate.
Alternatively these creations by Greg Corman of Zen Industrial in Tucson, Arizona are created from salvaged materials. Greg uses his scuplture to provide habitats for native, stingless bees (not honeybees).
One of the stories about the making of this garden caught my ear and I wanted to share it. The Bellingrath Garden (which is about 20 minutes from Mobile, Alabama) was built by Walter and Bessie Bellingrath. Both were very generous benefactors to local organizations but Bessie was known to take generosity and kindness one…
This interesting makeover of a front garden flower bed came from Tyler over at plastolux. Having a modern design sensibility that wasn’t served by the rounded bed, half buried barrels and mish mash of plants, he ripped it out, edged it with concrete curbing, and installed a much more sleek and reserved collection of plants….
Hey everyone! I hope all your landscapes are thriving with color and curiosity during this first week of summer! It’s been a beautiful June here in Wisconsin– lots of rain, but nothing a good rain jacket won’t take care of. The flowers are loving it and it’s been nice to just let the garden do its…