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To Bee or Not to Bee — World Bee Day (Contest)
Friday, May 20th, 2022

UPDATE: The winner is…Mary McCoy!

I told you I collect things. Well, one of my newest collections (meaning, I’ve only been collecting them a couple of years, not twenty) is by bee pin collection. All of these are Joan Rivers bees. I love the enameled ones in all their glorious patterns. My dd gifted me the leopard-print one at the middle bottom of the photo for Mother’s Day this year. I like pinning them to purses and jeans jackets to show my solidarity with the bees.

But, “Why bees?” you might ask.

Well, there would be no life without bees. I think I heard it said that one in three spoonfuls of food you eat every day exists because of bees. They don’t just pollinate flowers. They pollinate crops. And scientists are worried about dwindling bee populations because, again, there would be no life without bees.

I know some of you fear them. Yes, I’ve been stung, but not since I was a kid because I don’t excite them when they fly around me by getting excited! Plus, I’ve decided to figure out how I can do my little part to help the bees. For instance, what flowers do they love? I want to plant them!

For a chance to win a $5 Amazon gift card, share something about bees. Love them? Hate them? What flowers do you think I should plant?


23 comments to “To Bee or Not to Bee — World Bee Day (Contest)”

  1. Reina
    · May 20th, 2022 at 8:04 am · Link

    Love bees! It’s a part of my logo… lantana is a flower they live… anything with delicious nectar!
    Careful about any kind of
    Pesticide in a garden…

  2. Laura
    · May 20th, 2022 at 8:11 am · Link

    I have hives. I love bees and I’m working on having 17 acres of flowers just for the bees. Let me Telya that’s a lot of seeds so it’s a slow process. You can see my Bee & Butterfly Ranch on Facebook.

  3. Delilah
    · May 20th, 2022 at 8:41 am · Link

    Reina! I have just the place in a kind of tiered garden area that only has weeds at the moment. I’m going to go look for some lantana!

    Laura! You have hives?! Fantastic! We let wildflowers (some call them weeds!) take over a portion of our yard every year and let them grow until they go to seed so we have more the next year. I want the link to you “ranch”!

  4. Anna Taylor Sweringen
    · May 20th, 2022 at 10:26 am · Link

    Don’t know much about bees but love your collection.

  5. Pansy Petal
    · May 20th, 2022 at 10:27 am · Link

    What a sweet little collection you have going there. I like it. I like if farm country so bees are always around, especially this time of year. In the fruit orchards. Then when the gardens start to sprout. A way of life one gets used to. My dad used to plant lots of tulips and roses. Don’t know if they were for the bees as much as for his pleasure, but there was always bees. They do like roses.

  6. Diane Sallans
    · May 20th, 2022 at 11:10 am · Link

    Bees are so incredibly important to human life – for the crops we need for food to the beautiful flowers we enjoy – and the honey we have in our tea and on biscuits.

  7. Stacey Kinzebach
    · May 20th, 2022 at 11:25 am · Link

    There ok, don’t love or hate the bees. Marigolds for planting.

  8. Colleen C.
    · May 20th, 2022 at 12:12 pm · Link

    I don’t mind them… even say hi to them when I walk by one of my bushes full of them.

  9. Mary Preston
    · May 20th, 2022 at 3:12 pm · Link

    Any shrub that flowers should make the bees happy.

    I have been stung a few times over the years. My fault for walking around barefoot.

    I do love honey.

  10. Beverly
    · May 20th, 2022 at 3:27 pm · Link

    Your collection of bees I can say I love. But actual bees in the yard? I stay as far away as possible from them or any flying bug outside. I don’t like the sting & as I age I wonder if I’ll develop a reaction to those stings. A few family members have terrible allergic reactions & must get medical attention immediately. I think they’ll be attracted to anything brightly colored or sweet smelling. I don’t plant what might attract them intentionally, but rather what I like to see growing.

  11. Delilah
    · May 20th, 2022 at 7:14 pm · Link

    Anna! Thank you! It’s quirky, I know.

    Pansy! I do need more roses. Lots and lots! I love taking cuttings!

    Diane! Exactly!

  12. Delilah
    · May 20th, 2022 at 7:16 pm · Link

    Stacey! I love marigolds! I’ll have to think about planting some of those, too. I usually get them in pots and toss them at the end of the growing season, but if I plant them, I think they go to seed and come back on their own…

    Colleen! That’s how I feel about them, too.

    Mary! When I was a kid I stepped on them all the time. Now, I have to worry about snakes, so going barefoot is out.

  13. Delilah
    · May 20th, 2022 at 7:17 pm · Link

    Beverly! I have a cousin who carries around an Epipen. So, I understand completely!

  14. Jennifer Beyer
    · May 20th, 2022 at 7:30 pm · Link

    I’m a little bee obsessed. We are planting many colorful flowering plants in our yard to attract them. I want to plant sunflowers because I learned that bees love them.

  15. bn100
    · May 20th, 2022 at 8:47 pm · Link

    they can sting

  16. Elaine Howell
    · May 20th, 2022 at 10:30 pm · Link

    Most bees will not bother you unless you get too close to the hive. Do love the honey that they make.

  17. Rachel
    · May 21st, 2022 at 8:24 am · Link

    Love those pins! I just started collecting butterfly pins! Without bees we wouldn’t have honey or beautiful flowers!

  18. flchen1
    · May 21st, 2022 at 4:01 pm · Link

    Bees are beautiful, but I have to admit that I still am unreasonably scared of them and anything else that flies, LOL!

    I love what they create, and try to just give them a wide berth!

  19. miki
    · May 24th, 2022 at 5:53 am · Link

    i love them and i try to protect them when i can, leaving some patch of nature wild etc

  20. ButtonsMom2003
    · May 25th, 2022 at 8:35 pm · Link

    When I was young, probably up to about 14 or so, I was horribly afraid of anything that stings and yet I’d never been stung. I was miserable a lot of the time because my family took camping vacations every year.

    I’m not sure when I out-grew the absolute panicky fear I had but I still don’t like things that fly and sting.

  21. Katherine Anderson
    · May 28th, 2022 at 5:15 pm · Link

    I love bees, their beautiful creatures who really do an amazing job. They hurt like a bitch if you get stung but respect them and they’ll respect you

  22. Mary McCoy
    · May 30th, 2022 at 11:33 pm · Link

    Love them when I am watching them fly outside and I am behind a window pane. Plant honeysuckle.

  23. Delilah
    · May 31st, 2022 at 8:32 am · Link

    I loved all the suggestions! Mary Mc recommended honeysuckle and I had to laugh. My dd decimates any honeysuckle she finds because it grows quickly on our fences and weighs them down to the point they bow. I love the scent of it! And yes, the bees love it!

    The winner of the Amazon gift card is Mary McCoy!

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