Free Bee-Friendly Wild Flower Seed Packets

Free Seed Packets

GROW BEE FRIENDLY FLOWERS

FREE SEED PACKETS

Free Seed Packets

The first round of seed packets will be shipped the first week of May 2020 so you have plenty of time to plant them.

These seeds are all bee-friendly wildflowers that are easy to grow.

There is no charge for them and we will pay the shipping. All you have to do is make sure you Like this page and invite at least one other person to like the page.

This year we are only shipping to U.S. address

There will be three size seed packets.

1. Large Size: For larger yards and will cover about 200 sq feet. That is a space 10 feet X 20 feet or several small areas.

2. Medium Size: For smaller yards. This packet will cover 100 sq feet which is 10 feet X 10 feet or a couple of smaller areas.

3. Small Size: For people with patios or balconies who want to grow the flowers in pots. It will seed about 5 medium size pots or several smaller ones.

Bee Friendly Flowers

Quantities are limited and how many get seed packets depends on the size requested.

So how do you get the seed packets?

Go to our Facebook Page by Clicking Here Then follow the instructions on the page.

1. Live in the U.S.

2. Comment on this post to let me know you want seeds.

3. Contact me on Facebook saying what size packet you want on Facebook by Going Here.

6. When the flowers come up go to Facebook page to post a picture of your flowers or send us a picture and we will post it.

Pretty simple so if you want seeds to make sure you get on the list early.

This offer is only good while supplies last.

Time to help the bees by planting flowers they love.

10 Crazy things We Did Not Know About Bees

  1. The bee sting actually has benefits. Melittin is a toxin in bee bites that can kill HIV.
  2. Bee stings might also help ease the pain of Rheumatoid Arthritis. The bee venom actually increases the person’s body with anti-inflammatory hormones.
  3. Bees are able to see faces because they can see the parts of the nose mouth and eyes, it is called “configular processing.”
  4. Research showed that Bees fly the shortest distance between flowers. That makes them the only animal that knows how to solve the problem of the shortest distance between two places!
  5. Bees have super extraordinary vision! They use the sun to navigate. If it is a cloudy day they use their special photoreceptors to figure out where the sun is in the sky
  6. Bees are partial to flowers that have a landing platform, and a secret ultraviolet nectar guide that we as a human cannot see.
  7. Bees do not buzz. Their wings do. They beat their wings up to 200 times per second. That is where the sound comes from.
  8. Bees have 50 times more sense of smell than dogs!
  9. Did you know that during the summer the bee population outnumbers the human population at least in the UK, 30-1!
  10. It’s possible that bees could be the answer to curing dementia. When a younger bee takes over an older bee’s job, its brain stops aging.

Our bees, these tiny creatures are so amazing at what they can do.. and what they do for us.

So let’s help our bees. Don’t cut down the weeds, and don’t cut your grass that often, so bees have food and water.

The Word Honeymoon Came From Bees? And Other Fun Bee Facts

Here are the fun facts! Thanks, American Bee Journal!

The honey bee is the only insect that produces food eaten by man.

A honey bee can fly for up to six miles, and as fast as 15 miles per hour, hence it would have to fly around 90,000 miles -three times around the globe – to make one pound of honey.

It takes one ounce of honey to fuel a bee’s flight around the world

Honey is 80% sugars and 20% water.

Honey bees produce beeswax from eight paired glands on the underside of their abdomen.

Honey bees must consume about 17-20 pounds of honey to be able to biochemically produce each pound of beeswax.

Bees maintain a temperature of 92-93 degrees Fahrenheit in their central brood nest regardless of whether the outside temperature is 110 or -40 degrees.

A populous colony may contain 40,000 to 60,000 bees during the late spring or early summer.

The queen bee lives for about 2-3 years. She is the busiest in the summer months, when the hive needs to be at its maximum strength, and lays up to 2500 eggs a day.

The queen may mate with up to 17 drones over a 1-2 day period of mating.

The queen may lay 600-800 or even 1,500 eggs each day during her 3 or 4 year lifetime. This daily egg production may equal her own weight.

She is constantly fed and groomed by attendant worker bees

Worker honey bees live for about 4 weeks in the spring or summer but up to 6 months during the winter.

The average honey bee will actually make only one twelfth of a teaspoon of honey in its lifetime.

Honey bees fly at up to 15 miles per hour

The Honey bee’s wings stroke 11,400 times per minute, thus making their distinctive buzz.

A honey bee visits 50 to 100 flowers during a collection trip.

Honey bees, scientifically also known as Apis Mellifera, are environmentally friendly and are vital as pollinators

Now to get back to the where the word Honeymoon:

Fermented honey, known as Mead, is the most ancient fermented beverage. The term “honey moon” originated with the Norse practice of consuming large quantities of Mead during the first month of a marriage.

So there you go! Amazing fun facts about our bees. Such little creatures, yet such important work.

How Do HoneyBees Talk to Each Other?

Honey bees do indeed have their own form of communication. They use it to find a new home, or where to go for nectar.

They use a form of dance. It has been named the waggle dance.

What is the purpose of the “Waggle Dance”?

The waggle dance is the method used to show other bees where the nectar is.

When the scout bee finds a really good source of nectar, she does this dance.

The honey bee walks and begins moving its abdomen all the while making a buzzing sound with her wings.

How far she walks and the speed of her wings tell the others how far the nectar is.

As the other bees get the direction they fly out of the hive right to the nectar.

If the nectar is considered close about 165 feet. the waggle dance is a series of round movements, to show that it is closer.

The sickle dance tells the others the nectar is further away.

This waggle dance is indeed quite a fascinating way to communicate!

Let’s Talk About the Birds and The Bees! (0r at least what the Bees do)

bees and pollination
Bees collecting nectar

So what is the relationship between flowers and Bees?

We have heard since childhood about “the birds and the bees” the euphemism about explaining sex.

Well, it turns out that Bees make sure that flowers do have a sex life.

The most important thing that bees do is pollinate. And pollination is how flowers and plants reproduce.

This Is How Pollination Happens

A bee is the collector of nectar and pollen. So as she goes from the flower of a plant she takes some pollen from the stamens—the male reproductive organ of the flower— and she sticks to the hairs of her body.

She then goes to visit the next flower. There some of this pollen is rubbed off onto the “stigma”, or tip of the pistil—which is the female reproductive organ of the flower.

When this happens, fertilization is possible, and a fruit, carrying seeds, can develop.

So the bee is totally the matchmaker for the flowers.

And Here The Story Gets Even Better

The flowers know they need the bees. so each flower has a scent that attracts the bee.

The bee is also attracted by the color of the flower.

Bees just happen to be attracted to flowers that are tubular or flat and open so the nectar is easily available.

So that is how the flowers and the bees work together to keep our food system in full bloom.

Amazing that tiny bees are responsible for flowers blooming, plants producing crops and honey as well. They are the only insect that provides food for us.

16,000 KINDS OF BEES?

According to Wikipedia, there are 16,000 known species of Bees!

Isn’t that a phenomenal amount of bees?

And they belong to 7 biological families.

What are the 7 Biological Families?

  1. Andrenidae – these are mining bees
  2. Apidae- this is the Honey Bee family
  3. Colletidae – these are called “plasterer bees”
  4. Halictidae- these are the “sweat bees”
  5. Megachilidae -these are the mason bees, carder bees, leafcutter bees.
  6. Mellittidae -mining bees that collect oils
  7. Stenotritidae -these bees are awesome fast flyers

Which continent does not have bees? Only one!

Antarctica!

They live anywhere that contains insect-pollinated flowers. And Antarctica does not have insect-pollinated flowers.

How Many Kinds of Bees Make Honey?

Only one of those 7 families called Apidae are Honey Bees.

Honey is made by what is called social honeymaking bees. They feed the hive and the queen through the winter. 

Most bee species don’t make honey. Why? Not being in the social bees classification they do not live in a hive!

In fact, most bee species are solitary bees. They live in the ground or in wood.

Which Species of Bees Make Honey?

Apis Mellifera, the Western Honey Bee, is the species recognized globally as the Honey Bee.

How Do Bees Do Different Flavors of Honey?

Dependent on the flower that the nectar was collected from is where the flavor comes from.

If the nectar came from clover, we have clover flavored honey. Or orange blossom honey! Our bees add natural flavorings!

In fact, if you buy honey and see that a flavor has been added that is not the bee doing it!

What Is The One Thing That Honey Maker Bees Have in Common?

The one thing that all honey maker bees have in common is they all have the same social structure. All honey makers are called “eusocial”.

That means truly social! So for the honey bees, they one Queen, and many workers. And they all have specific jobs!

What Is A “Race” of Bees?

A “race” of bees is the term used as for instance, a breed of dogs.

There are 20 races of Honey Bees. Only two are found in South Africa. The rest are in America, Europe, and Asia.

The most common races of Honey Bees are German, Italians, Caucasians Carniolans, and Africans.

There are also hybrid Honey Bees that humans have genetically modified. They are called Russians, Buckfast, Africanized, Cordovan.

If I Am New To Beekeeping Which Bee Race Would Be Best?

Apis mellifera ligustica also known as the Italian Bee is considered the favorite. It is known for being calm.

So much to learn about bees!

Do Bees Kiss? And Other Bee Questions

honey comes from bee kisses!

Yes, they do!

That is how they pass the nectar from Bee to Bee! So when the worker bee goes and collects nectar she stores it in her second stomach (that is only for nectar).

When she gets back to the hive, she transfers it to other bees.

So isn’t it amazing that we can say honey is made from Bee kisses?

HOW MANY LEGS DOES A HONEY BEE HAVE?

 The honey bee has three pairs of legs. They are divided into 6 segments so they are very flexible.   The front legs clean the antennae, while the rear legs have pockets so that the pollen can be collected. It is called a pollen basket.

DO BEES SLEEP?

No! But they do remain motionless during the night so that they have the energy for all the work they do the next day!

HOW FAR CAN BEES FLY PER DAY?

The bee has the capacity to fly 5 miles per day. But usually about a mile per day. But get this fact.

An entire bee colony can fly the distance between the moon and earth each day! Truly phenomenal!

HOW HIGH CAN A BEE FLY?

Depending on the obstacle in its path is how high a bee will fly. But mating drones will fly higher to find the Queen.

WHY DOES A HONEY BEE STING?

Only when the bee is frightened or feels the need to protect the colony.

DO BEES SEE COLOR?

Yes, they do! They see the ultraviolet and blue spectrum. And flowers reflect ultraviolet light so they are quite easy for the bees to find and see.

An interesting fact about color? Bees cannot see red!

HOW MANY EYES DO BEES HAVE?

Bees have 5 eyes! 2 large compound eyes. 3 smaller ocelli eyes in the center of their heads. Ocelli mean those eyes are simple eyes used only to see movement.

DO MALE AND FEMALE BEES HAVE STINGERS ?

No, they don’t! Only the female has a stinger.

5 Tools You Need To Be A Beekeeper

Being a beekeeper is a truly important gift to the world.

These tiny creatures are responsible for the bulk of our food. The beekeeper is literally the keeper of the bees and the insurer of our food production.

In many ways, beekeepers are doing an amazing service to thousands of their neighbors by helping bees grow in population so they can pollinate our food sources.

So if you are thinking about stepping into being a beekeeper I bet you have wondered what tools might you need?

Here Are 5 Tools To Get You Started!

  1. The Amazing Astronaut like Suit! Protective Gear is an absolute must!
  2. The Smoker
  3. The Hive Tool
  4. The Bee Brush
  5. Extracting Machine

What does each of these tools do?

The Protective Gear

Image result for beekeeper suit

The Beekeeper’s protective gear is to protect the beekeeper from stings. Although some seasoned beekeepers no longer feel the need to use this gear, as you start out, it is highly recommended.

Some beekeepers think that wearing one might impact the way they can interact with the bees.

The cost of the gear is about $95.00 (US) and includes beekeepers veil pants, and jacket

Gloves cost around $35 and are very long and vented. Some beekeepers chose not to use them as they can be somewhat bulky.

As an experienced beekeeper might suggest, bees respond to the energy you put out. So knowing that you are protecting them will work in your favor.

What is the Smoker?

Image result for beekeeper smoker

The smoker for some beekeepers is the most used. It creates smoke that interrupts their communication system and calms the bees.

That allows the beekeeper to do hive inspections, and any repairs needed on the frames. Using the smoker also allows the beekeeper to extract the honey.

The smoker is also designed to protect the beekeeper’s hands. It runs around $30-40.

The Hive Tool

What is the Hive Tool?

Image result for hive tool

The hive tool has one tapered end and one curled end . They come in many bright colors so that it is easy to find!

What is the hive tool used for? It is used for inspection, to help pry open any areas stuck with propolis, helps to cut open the honeycomb, and has many endless applications for the beekeeper.

They usually are quite inexpensive running around $7.

The Bee Brush!

Image result for bee brush

The bee brush is designed to help the beekeepers move the bees away from areas that need repair. It has very soft bristles.

Some beekeepers do not use the brush for it could impact the health of the bees.

The cost of the bee brush runs about $6. And you can decide if you are comfortable or not working with this brush.

Extracting Machine

There is a manual machine or an electric option.

Using centrifugal force the honey is pushed out of the comb and into containers. Usually, people rent these machines for about $25 per weekend.

But if you wish to have your own machines after you have been in business for a bit, you can easily find them.

With all of these tools, you decide what physically works best for your needs and the bees.

Hope this was helpful information.

What Does A Beekeeper Do?

The work of the Beekeeper is vital
A beekeeper at work with a hive.

First Off, What is a Beekeeper?

A beekeeper refers to the person who keeps honey bees in hives or other receptacles. Beekeepers are also known as honey farmers or apiarists.

What Kind of Training Does A BeeKeeper Need?

A high school diploma is quite enough. But there is also the ability to get degrees in Apiary and beekeeping if people want to do this professionally or for reasons of research.

For the backyard enthusiast, there are online courses to help get you started.

Anyone who wants to become a beekeeper can. You just need to educate yourself on all aspects of Beekeeping and honey making.

How Much Time Does It Take To Be A Beekeeper?

During the winter there is little to do. So it is mainly seasonal work. An experienced beekeeper can expect to spend anywhere from 10-35 minutes per week per beehive.

A beekeeper also provides services to vegetable and fruit farmers for pollination by raising Queen bees to sell to farmers.

What Is The Job of The Beekeeper?

  1. The Beekeeper manages the bees.
  2. It is their job to monitor the hives
  3. Remove the honey for human consumption
  4. Maintain healthy bees
  5. Prepare the colonies for production
  6. Inspect the colonies for any infection or infestation
  7. Replace the Queen bee when necessary
  8. Follow safe food safety guidelines for harvesting the honey

Springtime is a busy time for the beekeeper. Getting the hives ready for production.

Beekeepers collect honey for an added income

When Beekeepers Harvest Honey

  1. The beekeeper must wear protective gear including gloves and a veil.
  2. A smoker, it gives out puffs of smoke, is sometimes used to calm the bees
  3. After the beekeeper removes the comb, the wax coverings are removed and the honey is extracted
  4. The beekeeper can do this by hand or by a mechanical extractor
  5. The beekeeper then strains and purifies the honey so that it can be consumed and sold.

Why is Being A Beekeeper Important?

  1. Most importantly they help the bees grow their population

2. Beekeeper ensure that bees will continue to thrive

3. Beekeepers by keeping bees help to pollinate the flowers and crops for the food that we all eat

4. The genetic gene pool is kept stronger by adding new bees.

5. Just two hives can pollinate an entire garden and produce thriving plants and crops.

6. Beekeepers are the keepers of the bees helping to make sure we do not lose our food source.

Beekeepers are actually changing the world by helping the bees to pollinate and keep us in food

What Are The Benefits of Being A Beekeeper?

  1. You get to wear an astronaut outfit
  2. It is very calming and awe-inspiring
  3. The beekeeper is actually changing the world by saving and helping the bees
  4. Bees produce products that can provide an income, from propolis, beeswax, and honey.
  5. Bees can fit anywhere. It does not take much space.
  6. You get to be working outside in nature.

The job of a beekeeper is vital to our world. If you are thinking about becoming a beekeeper do let us know.

Next time you see a bee, thank it for the food it gives us.

If Bees Go Extinct

Help save our bees from going extinct

Those little insects that some of us think of as pesky, are actually lifesavers. Because of all they do, they are responsible for most of our food.

So what would happen if Bees do go extinct?

It is actually mind-blowing how these awesome tiny creatures are vital to the health and welfare of our lives.

If our bees go extinct we go very hungry

10 Things That Would Happen If Bees Go Extinct

  1. All the plants that bees pollinate will disappear.
  2. In turn, all the animals that eat the plants will disappear.
  3. Bees pollinate over 30 billion dollars of crops.
  4. Do you like these? Apples, mangoes, peaches, sunflower oil, kiwi, pomegranates, strawberries, onions, AVOCADOS (that means no guac), cherries, coffee, walnuts, cotton, lychee, macadamia nuts, limes, lemons, carrots, cucumber, watermelon, coconut, chili peppers, cocoa, tomatoes, and grapes, we would lose all of this list and more.
  5. Everyday clothing and other items would become unavailable as cotton would no longer be available.
  6. Sustainable and renewable resources would be decimated and have to be replaced with non-renewable outdated wasteful resources.
  7. Did you know that morphine is from the Poppy flower? Well, many pharmaceuticals would no longer be available.
  8. How much do you like honey? That would disappear!
  9. Food costs will skyrocket & malnutrition will be rampant
  10. Simply said, if bees don’t have enough to eat, we don’t have enough to eat!

How much would you miss your morning coffee? That would become so rare and expensive that most people will never be able to drink it again.

bees go extinct
If our bees go extinct say goodbye to your beloved coffee. For real!

So these little “pesky” buzzing bees are doing their job of keeping us healthy and fed.

Quite amazing, yes? What other insect gives us food?

Want to make a difference just by doing a few simple things?

Check out our posts that tell you how you can help keep your coffee and save the bees.