• Bees Bees and more Bees, please.

    As the world's bee population mysteriously declines, you can join the many renegade bee charmers by creating environments and habitats in which bees can thrive.
    For starters, we now have Mason Bee Nest Kits that can be placed just about anywhere! Mason bees have lived in the US for millions of years. They are called Masons because they work with mud to build and seal their nests. Masons pollinate orchards and gardens and are active in colder temperatures. They are not honey producing bees and do not chase or sting. In the wild, Masons build mud sealed nest in tubes like reeds or holes in trees. Extensive research here in the US has proven the Mason bees task is made easier if we provide these protective, tubular shelters. In doing so, the female Mason has more time and energy for laying eggs rather than nest building.
    The installation of the Mason Bee Nest is simple - position it firm and level, in a dry, sheltered spot, facing East or South. The nest is eco-friendly, assembled in the US from US bee tubes and imported biodegradable bamboo and rice hulls. We also carry wood houses for multiple nests. Installing just one or multiple will encourage the magic to begin!
    Inhabited Mason Bee Nest
    Wood Bee House
    Wood Bee House with three uninhabited Mason Bee Nests
    You can also assist bees by creating Bee-Friendly Gardens. Bees love a good bloom, but they particularly like white, yellow or blue. A few native species that attract bees are Lavender , ChivesCatmint (Nepeta), Hyssop and many varieties of Salvia. You'll find all these plants and more in our back garden as the season begins.
    Hyssop
    Hyssop
    And for inspiration, see how the London architecture firm Denizen Works, featured on Remodelista, has embarked on guerilla-style bee houses. Denizen Works' straightforward approach transforms scrap wood into functioning bee homes for the urban environment.
    Street Bee House
    Whether you provide a nest or simply encourage pollination in your garden, we can all agree a world without bees would certainly be a different place.
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