Halloween Week Recipe: Cream of Pumpkin and Honey Soup

At this time of year a lot of pumpkins will be getting used, with many of their insides being scooped out and discarded. Tomorrow we’ll be posting some handy tips you can use to recycle or otherwise reuse any various leftovers you have from Halloween, but today we thought we’d share a scrumptious recipe combining the season’s favourite ingredient along with a healthy dash of our own delicious honey.

What You Will Need:

  • 1 1kg pumpkin, peeled, de-seeded and cut into chunks
  • 40ml olive oil
  • 2 small onions,
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  • 800ml vegetable stock
  • 2 tablespoons of Davidson’s Organic Raw and Unheated Honey
  • 4 tablespoons of crème fraiche
  • 1 small carrot
  • 1 tablespoon of paprika, to garnish
  • Japanese mini rice crackers or croutons, to garnish
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    Ladle the soup into serving bowls and drizzle this mixture on top. Garnish with a small stack of the julienned carrot in the centre and some Japanese rice crackers, Aaron Murray UGA Jersey croutons or even some garlic bread.

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    Halloween Week: The Haunted History of Beekeeping

    There are some great Facebook groups and pages out there, catering to all kinds of niche hobby or interest. Few are more specialised however than a page dedicated to historical articles about bees and beekeeping. For the past few weeks Historical Honeybee Articles have been posting fascinating spooky or macabre stories involving beekeeping down through the centuries.. Fjallraven Kanken No.2

    It really has some great stuff, even if you don’t think you’re particularly interested in beekeeping, there are scary tales abound that will keep you hooked. I strongly urge you to go and check out all the stories posted there, but I’ve selected a few of my favourites below to get you in the mood for Halloween.

    Bees Pay Last Respects to a Young Boy at His Funeral

    “A strange incident happened at a funeral near Parsons, Kansas the other day. A little son of Samuel Carson, residing southwest of the city, died and was buried in the neighborhood cemetery. There being no hearse the remains were placed in a spring wagon and conveyed to the cemetery.

    On the way to the grave a swarm of bees gathered on the lid of the coffin and there remained. When the cemetery was reached, all efforts to drive the bees from the coffin were without avail, and the pallbearers were forced to take charge of the coffin with the bees swarming about them, and before the remains were deposited in the grave every pallbearer suffered, being stung in more than one place on the face and hands. fjällräven kånken Mini The bees clung so tenaciously to the coffin that many of them were buried with the body of the dead boy.

    The dead boy was very fond of bees, and whether the bees were thus showing their grief over the loss of their young friend or what the significance of such an act on the part of the bees was, is a mystery yet unsolved.”

    – Kansas City Times, 1895.

    Bee Tenants of Dead Bodies

    Bees have been known to tenant a dead body. A party of tourists along the Mediterranean, exploring the quaint old cemetery of Algesirias, came across a small, uncovered coffin that held the remains of a child. The cavity of the chest had become the home of an industrious swarm of bees, and the honeycomb they were at work on was rapidly increasing. Fjallraven Kanken 7L -New York World, 1895

    A Grave Swarm. nike air max 2017 heren groen – A Belfast paper contains an account of a sexton discovering that a swarm of bees had taken possession of a scull in a coffin which was found to be well stored with honey. (This was indeed a sweet head; and what ever was the cause of the persons death, the sexton discovered a great burning in the head, which was much honeycombed.)

    – The Age, 1832, London, Middlesex.

    Funeral Custom Gone Wrong

    “A superstitious custom prevails at every funeral in Devon of turning round the bee-hives that belonged to the deceased, if he had any, and that at the moment the corpse is carried out of the house. Jordan 13 Sale At a funeral some time since at Collampton of a rich old farmer a laughable circumstance of the sort occurred, for just as the corpse was placed in the hearse and the horsemen to a large number were drawn up in order for the procession of the funeral, a person called out “Turn the bees!” when a servant who had no knowledge of such a custom, instead of turning the hives round, lifted them up and laid them down on their sides.

    The bees thus hastily invaded instantly attacked and fastened on the horses and their riders; it was in vain they galloped off; the bees followed and left their stings as marks of their indignation. fjallraven kanken mochilas Meantime a general confusion took place, attended with loss of hats, wigs, &c, and the corpse during the conflict was left unattended, nor was it till after a considerable time that the funeral attendants could be arranged, in order to proceed to the interment of their deceased friend.”

    – Argus newspaper, September 13th, 1790.

    A Thousand Ways to Cut Short Our Days

    Among the many curious inscriptions that are to be found on the tombstones that mark the last resting places of some of the early pioneers, one of the most curious is in the town of Manchester New York, in a place known as the Old Greenhouse Cemetery. In the old town cemetery is the grave of one Timothy Ryan who died May 12, 1814. He has secured a place in history as being the second recorded fatality from a bee sting in North America (according to Ripley’s “Believe It or Not”).

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    In memory of Timothy Ryan
    who died May 12, 1814
    in the 66th year of his age.

    A thousand ways cut short our days,
    None are exempt from death,
    A honey bee, by stinging me,
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    This grave contains the last remains
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    My soul is gone not to return,
    Till one eternal day.

    Friends one and all both great and small,
    Behold where I do lie,
    While you are here for death prepare,
    Remember you must die.

    Be sure to go and check out Historical Honeybee Articles for more spooky (and many more perfectly un-spooky but no less fascinating) tales related to bees and beekeeping, and why not drop them a ‘Like’ while you’re at it.

    Halloween Week: Help Scientists Battle Zombees

    Honey bee colonies are subject to numerous pathogens and parasites. Adrian Gonzalez Jersey Interaction among multiple pathogens and parasites is the proposed cause for Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD), a syndrome characterized by worker bees abandoning their hive. Last year scientists from the San Francisco State University provided the first documentation that the phorid fly Apocephalus borealis, previously known to parasitize bumble bees, also infected and eventually killed honey bees and may pose an emerging threat to North American apiculture.

    Scientists say the fly deposits its eggs into the bee’s abdomen, causing the insect to walk around in circles with no apparent sense of direction. The bee exhibits zombie-like behaviour, said lead investigator John Hafernik. Parasitised honey bees show hive abandonment behavior, leaving the hive at night and dying shortly thereafter. On average, seven days later up to 13 phorid larvae emerge from each dead bee and pupate away from the bee. Using DNA barcoding, the researchers confirmed that phorids that emerged from honey bees and bumble bees were the same species.

    Microarray analyses of honey bees from infected hives revealed that these bees are often infected with deformed wing virus and Nosema ceranae. Larvae and adult phorids also tested positive for these pathogens, implicating the fly as a potential vector or reservoir of these honey bee pathogens. Air Jordan 5 Uomo Phorid parasitism may affect hive viability since 77% of sites sampled in the San Francisco Bay Area were infected by the fly and microarray analyses detected phorids in commercial hives in South Dakota and California’s Central Valley.

    To learn more about how the parasitic fly affects the bees’ behavior, the scientists have built a system to track the movements of infected bees in and out of a hive. cheap fjallraven kanken Each bee has a set of tiny radio frequency trackers — each no bigger than a fleck of glitter — attached to the top of its thorax. Tennis Nike The bees leave and return to the hive through a small tube outfitted with dual laser readers that interact with the individual trackers.

    Knowing exactly when bees leave–and whether they come back–is important for understanding how and when the parasites might cause the bees to abandon their hives. The original study found bees disoriented and dying at night, for instance, but the researchers aren’t sure whether the infected bees only leave their hives to fly in the dark. adidas cloudfoam hombre The researchers hope to capitalize on the interest in the bees with a citizen science project called ZomBee Watch.

    ZomBee Watch has three main goals. nike air max nederland 1. To determine where in North America the Zombie Fly Apocephalus borealis is parasitizing honey bees. Under Armour Curry One 2. To determine how often honey bees leave their hives at night, even if they are not parasitized by the Zombie Fly. 3. To engage citizen scientists in making a significant contribution to knowledge about honey bees and to become better observers of nature. fjallraven kanken mochilas If you live in the United States, they need your help finding out where honey bees are being parasitized by the Zombie Fly and how big a threat the fly is to honey bees. So far, the Zombie Fly has been found parasitizing honey bees in California and South Dakota.

    Hive Treatment Methods Help Buck the Trend in Honeybee Numbers

    It seems the only time honeybees make the news nowadays is when yet another region declares a crisis in their numbers, Texas A&M Aggies with varroa mite or colony collapse disorder (CCD) chief among the culprits for the decline. 2017 nike air max pas cher Well thankfully Hawke’s Bay is bucking the trend and has come good news on the honeybee population front. The motto for the eastern North Island region is “Safeguarding Your Environment”, Adrian Peterson – Oklahoma Sooners and that’s just what the good people of Hawke’s Bay are doing for the honey bee too.

    Since varroa mite has hit managed hives in the area, hive treatment have subsequently allowed them to withstand the disease, Mochilas Kanken Big and numbers have actually grown, Nike Free Run Homme with hive numbers rising 7% to 450,000 since last year. Honey crops are also on the up, asics gel lyte 5 mujer negras with the 2011-12 season reaching approximately 10,300 tonnes, a further 10% increase on the year before.

    Beekeepers are required to send information to Assure Quality, the food safety and biosecurity organisation, asics gel nimbus uomo while aerial inspections of hives are encouraging beekeepers to keep more accurate records, so more beekeepers have registered and are filing paperwork for the hive sites.

    As Federated Farmers North Canterbury chairman Barry Hantz says, wild bee numbers had been virtually wiped out by varroa and that meant more nectar for commercial hives:

    The rise of dairying has reduced pollen sources in Canterbury and beekeepers were providing supplementary feeding of “protein paddies” for the bees to feed their eggs, until the clover flowering came through. However,

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    With such good processes in place to ensure the sustainability of commercial beekeeping, and research like that being done by Otago University into breeding varroa-resistant bees, let’s hope the trend of healthier numbers continues across the country.

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    Homemade Honey and Cream Facial Mask

    There are an almost innumerable amount of facial masks out there, all with a whole slew of ingredients to help your skin, but as with most things the fewer the ingredients the more effective the result. Ernie Banks Jersey So if you want to rejuvenate your skin and give your face a refreshing boost then here’s a simple recipe for a simple homemade facial mask.

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    Halloween Week: Scary Snacks Made With Haunted Honey

    If there’s one thing that makes Halloween really memorable for kids it’s all the treats they get. new balance 997 on sale Most of the time that comes in the form of bags upon bags of sweets the neighbours give them if they’re brave enough to knock on their door in the dead of night. Sometimes the haul they get at the end of the night can be just ridiculous, and worse yet, it’s usually all gone within the week.

    If you’re hosting a Halloween party or simply want to give your kids some treats that are a little more imaginative than your average lolly scramble, then here’s a few recipes to share with your little terrors. They still pack plenty of sweetness, but instead of processed sugary candy, it comes in the form of delicious honey.

    Honey Caramel Apples

    People have been enjoying toffee apples for over one hundred years, and as treats go they’re not bad at all. Of course when they started out they were traditionally made with a whole bunch of sugar and corn syrup, but at least kids were getting a piece of fruit when they eventually got through that tooth-destroying later.

    Well thanks to Nourished Kitchen there is now a wonderful little recipe for “candy” apples that is much healthier for teeth, and much more delicious for tummies. Not to mention they look way cooler.

    Ingredients:

    • 6 medium apples (or substitute 8 small apples)
    • 1 cup Davidson’s Raw and Unheated Organic Honey
    • 3/4 cup heavy cream
    • 2 tablespoons butter
    • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
    • a dash of natural red food dye (optional)
    • 1/2 cup crushed pecans (or easily crushable nut of your choice)
    • 6 spooky sticks or wooden dowels

    Directions:

    1. Whisk the Davidson’s honey, cream, butter and salt in a heavy-bottomed saucepan over medium-high heat until it begins to bubble, then immediately reduce the heat to medium. Chaussure Adidas Stir in food coloring, adjusting the volume to match the intensity of color you like.
    2. Continue to whisk the caramel frequently to prevent scorching and to prevent it from bubbling up and out of of your saucepan. Continue to cook until the caramel reaches a temperature of 125C (260 F) – about 25 minutes. Kanken No.2 Baratas The caramel should be a rich brown or red-brown if you also used food coloring; the bubbles should be small and should uniformly cover the surface of the pan and the caramel should be thickened.
    3. Prepare an ice bath. Nike Air Max 2017 Kopen Then pour the hot caramel into a mixing bowl and place the bowl in the ice bath, taking care not to splash water into the hot caramel. Stir the caramel until it is uniformly cooled and it begins to thicken just a bit.
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    Honey Crispies

    If you’re hosting a Halloween party full of kids then getting everything ready is always a scarily busy time. You want something that’s simple to throw together, something you can chuck in the fridge and forget about until you need it. This recipe is perfect for you; it’s easy, requires no baking, and can be stored for as long as you need.

    Ingredients:

    • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
    • 1/2 cup Davidson’s Organic Creamed Clover Honey
    • 1/2 cup peanut butter
    • 1-1/2 cups rice crispies cereal
    • 1/2 cup raisins (or dried fruit of your choice)
    • 1/2 cup Halloween sprinkles (or any kind!)

    Directions:

    1. Place a sheet of waxed paper on a cookie sheet so cookies won’t stick.
    2. Combine the powdered sugar, Davidson’s honey and peanut butter in a medium bowl and stir until mixed well, then stir in the cereal and raisins.
    3. Using your hands, shape the mixture into approximately one-inch round balls. Roll balls in your Halloween sprinkles and place on the cookie sheet and refrigerate for one hour.
    4. After an hour or so the cookies should feel firm when touched. Serve right away or place in tightly covered container and store in the refrigerator. This recipe will make about 30 crispies.

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    Halloween Honey Popcorn

    Everyone loves popcorn. zonnebril ray ban heren Everyone. If you don’t, then you need to seek some kind of counselling.

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    Ingredients:

    • 1 brown paper bag
    • 1 teaspoon of salt
    • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
    • 1/3 cup of popping corn
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 1/2 cup of Davidson’s Raw and Unheated Organic Honey
    • 1/4 cup of whipping cream
    • 1 inch-thick block of butter

    Directions:

    1. Pre-heat your oven to 150C (300F). Combine the salt, olive oil, and popping corn in a bowl, mixing thoroughly until the corn is evenly coated. Then pour the bowl into your brown paper bag.
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    3. Fold over the top of the bag and stick it in the microwave on high for 1m 30s.

    4. Mix the Davidson’s honey with the vanilla, and pour into a saucepan with the milk and butter. Heat the saucepan on a medium to high heat until it starts to bubble and turn a golden brown colour (about 120C).
    5. Once the mixture is boiling, take the saucepan off the hob and immediately pour out evenly over your popcorn (either lay your popcorn on a flat surface and pour evenly, and have it in a bowl and be prepared to shake it around as you pour – so long as it’s evenly covered).
    6. Lay out some baking paper onto an oven tray and pour the popcorn evenly over the tray.

    Halloween Week: Beware Zombees!

    To celebrate Halloween and get in that spooky mood, we’ll be sharing a couple of posts this week about all kinds of scary goings on and how they relate to bees and honey. This week, it’s Halloween costume time!

    Halloween isn’t hugely popular here in New Zealand, which is a shame. Many see it as more of an American tradition, and sure enough they can go absolutely nuts for it. Minnesota Timberwolves For me, it’s the versatility of the holiday that I find so appealing; you can celebrate it by carving up a pumpkin, watching some scary movies, or simply scoring free sweets off the neighbours. Another massively popular thing to do is dress up and go to a Halloween costume party.

    We’ll get to some of the more bizarre bee-related costumes you can try out while scaring the night away, but first I thought I’d share some amazing t-shirt designs I’ve found recently, all to do with what is now my favourite new word, Zombees!

    A cute design by panda3y3 after their daughter came up with the idea. Nike Air Max 2016 Dames grijs Perfect for your own little zombee this Halloween.
    A pretty slick looking design from LucyDynamite warning us of the impending invasion of the zombees!
    A nice use of letters and images in the rebus style to create a pretty snazzy little tee from bungeecow.
    This one’s a personal favourite, the gormless look on the zombee’s face coupled with the wonderfully gruesome exposed brains make this design from Ely Prosser a winner.
    Cute and horrible all at the same time. The purple and green make this zombee look truly undead. New Balance 993 damskie Nice work from designsalive.
    Last but not least a great design that evokes those wonderfully bad B-movie horrors from the 50s. Zombee Madness!!! indeed from sadmachine.

    If you’ve ever been to a Halloween fancy dress party, then you’ve probably seen someone wearing a bee costume. Hey, if it’s good enough for Beyonce then it’s good enough for us common folk. Usually you’ll get two types of people who wear bee costumes; either the “crazay” guy who dresses like a fat bee and bounces into you all night, or the girl trying to look sexy in her black and yellow striped stockings and short black and yellow corset/miniskirt combination. Both are pretty boring, so I thought we’d have a look at some more “imaginative” bee costumes we bedeck ourselves or others out in. First off…

    Kids

    As we all know, the best thing about being a parent is dressing your kids in the most ludicrous clothes you can find to make them look utterly ridiculous, then sitting back and laughing at them as they look dumb-founded as to why you’re laughing. There are only a few short years you can do this for before they’re old enough to realise they’re being made fools of for your amusement.

    I’ve noticed that the problem with many of the bee costumes you see is that our silly old human legs get in the way. Asics Gel Lyte 5 damskie A bee costume can look great but the effect is somewhat ruined by two big legs sticking out the bottom of it and making it look like a bizarre humanoid bee on stilts. Thankfully this is where babies come in. chaussures de foot umbro Since they don’t really need their legs for the first year or so, you’ve only got one Halloween with which to dress them up as the most authentic bee a human can muster. May we present some offerings…

    This little guy is cute, and he’s totally rocking this bee costume, with a little flower just to bump up the cuteness or maybe make some kind of statement about the importance pollination. Either way he’s a little too cute, so much so that he looks more cute than he does ridiculous. That’ll never do, time to move on.

    That’s more like it. Ill-fitting clothes are always the first port of call when making your child look ridiculous, and the fact that he looks like he’s actually being swallowed by the bee costume rather than wearing it really adds to the overall effect.

    The face says it all. Crocheting was a bold choice, and it’s made this poor little guy look like one of those toilet roll dolls. adidas gazelle hombre Even his antennae are sad.

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    Ok so they’ve reneged on covering up the legs, which should rule them out of this list, but it was just too ridiculous not to include. I mean come on, who in their right mind would dress their kid up like this? I like to make my kid look silly as much as the next parent, but this is just cruel.

    What The..?

    Some Halloween costumes have a ridiculous amount of thought and energy put into them, and those that are pulled off are always greatly appreciated. The creativity some people show with an original idea brilliantly executed can be quite staggering. Then you get these guys, who make you stop and stare just as much, but for very different reasons…

    Oh. adidas zx 700 mujer OH. Oh right! You’re a bee and a B! That’s genius. Canotte Cleveland Cavaliers Also you’re wielding a machete! Because why not.

    This guy has never been familiar with the word subtle. Gone is the attempt at looking like both a bee and the letter B, and in its place are lazy fake muscles. Not to be outdone by our previous effort’s machete, this bee will slaughter us with a chainsaw because WHY NOT!

    I don’t know what it is – maybe it’s the dead lifeless eyes and raised eyebrows staring into our souls. Perhaps it’s the creepy frozen smile. Or maybe it’s the bizarre and mutant duck feet that make this costume utter nightmare fuel. If you saw this freakish bee-duck apparition standing around smiling at everyone at a Halloween Party, don’t tell me you wouldn’t be freaked out.

    Animals

    That’s right, people even go so far as getting their animals in on the action. New Balance 574 Pas Cher It makes a weird kind of sense really. You can only dress your kids in a ridiculous bee get-up for so long, but with animals you can do it every Halloween, or every day if you’re completely insane. May we present some of the greatest attempts from around the interwebs…

    I think this is a dog, maybe? It could just as easily be a baby Wookie, but whatever it is, it’s looking mighty suspicious of being forced to look like a bee.

    If you’re going to dress a cat up as anything, let alone as a bee, then you can’t expect any other look on its face than this.

    This little guy looks like he has already formulated his plan for getting revenge on his owner. Rats are wily at the best of times, but a rat dressed as a bee is downright vengeful.

    Ok this guy is great. Anyone who has guinea pigs (and are so inclined) knows that they are the best animals to put little clothes and little hats on. This great effort has gone even further, because it’s the little glasses that really tie the whole look together, and elevate this guinea pig to looking like some kind of well-read guinea-bee librarian.

    But for every superb guinea pig dressed as a bee, there are about six depressed dogs dressed as bees. This poor little guy looks like he has given up all hope of revenge on his owner, and is simply crying out for help through those sad and dejected eyes.

    The Science Behind Ancient Honey

    In 1905 when archaeologist James Quibell uncovered the tomb of Yuya and Tjuya, the parents of 18th dynasty Egyptian Queen Tiye, who was Great Royal Wife of the Egyptian pharaoh Amenhotep III, among the items he discovered was a jar of honey. It was noted as still being liquid, and even still preserving its characteristic scent, despite being 3,300 years old. Stephen Piscotty Authentic Jersey

    So how can honey remain perfectly edible for thousands upon thousands of years, seemingly without an expiry date? The Smithsonian Magazine endeavoured to find out, and came up with a very interesting – and very complex – answer. asics gel pulse 7 męskie It all boils down to the sugar in the honey, sugar that contains very little water in its natural state, therefore providing an impossible environment for any external bacteria to live in.

    As Amina Harris, executive director of the Honey and Pollination Center at the Robert Mondavi Institute at Univeristy of California explains;

    Honey in its natural form is very low moisture. San Antonio Spurs Very few bacteria or microorganisms can survive in an environment like that, they just die. They’re smothered by it, essentially.

    It has a pH that falls between 3 and 4.5, approximately, and that acid will kill off almost anything that wants to grow there.

    So what is it that honey bees do to the honey that makes it so apparently everlasting? The answer is in the nectar. sac kanken pas cher This first material collected by bees to make honey is naturally very high in water–anywhere from 60-80%. Canotte Los Angeles Clippers But through the process of making honey, the bees play a large part in removing much of this moisture by flapping their wings to literally dry out the nectar. Asics Gel Lyte 5 damskie On top of the behavior, the chemical makeup of a bee’s stomach also plays a large part in honey’s resilience. Bees have an enzyme in their stomachs called glucose oxidase. New Balance 530 męskie When the bees regurgitate the nectar from their mouths into the combs to make honey, this enzyme mixes with the nectar, breaking it down into two by-products: gluconic acid and hydrogen peroxide. Then hydrogen peroxide goes in to work against all other organisms that could possibly grow.

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    We’re assuming by “bad” Harris means “ready to spread on our toast or have in our tea”. Adidas buty sklep We estimate that since our Raw & Unheated Honey is as pure as honey can get, with as little processing as possible, this is the honey in our range most likely to be able to retain all its goodness for the longest.

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    Pollinator-Friendly Plants Put To The Test For Science

    You hear a lot in the news about the decline of bees, and it’s the kind of issue that is easy to assume we can do nothing about. Asics Gel Quantum 360 Dames But one simple way people can help is via their gardens, by growing ornamental plants that are also attractive to flower-visiting insects. fjallraven kanken pas cher Although individual gardens are relatively small, collectively they comprise a substantial area. If public parks can get in on the act then the collective positive effects could be potentially staggering.

    Which plant varieties are attractive to flower-visiting insects? Given the great public interest, many lists of recommended plants have recently been produced. For example, in 2011, the UK’s Royal Horticultural Society produced a Perfect for Pollinators list. But where did this information come from? On closer inspection, it appears that these lists are based largely on personal experiences, opinions and anecdotes.

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    The most simple and striking result was that garden plants vary enormously, approximately 100-fold, in their attractiveness to insect flower-visitors. The most numerous insects by far were bees which comprised over 84% of all insects seen. Bumblebees 47-62% and honey bees 26-32% were the most numerous, with all other bees only 3-5%. nike free 5.0 hombre Their results did lead them to make some horticultural recommendations – Among honey bees, it seems borago (borage) came out on top, with origanum and a variety of different species of lavender also performing well, while overall the least attractive flowering plant for insects was the geranium. Colt McCoy – Texas Longhorns Marjoram, the researchers say, was probably the best “all-rounder”, attracting honey bees, bumble bees, other bees, hover flies, and butterflies. The team put a number of varieties of lavender to the test and found that highly bred hybrids, including some with novel colours – such as white or pink – that have been carefully bred into the plants proved the most attractive to insects.

     

     

    Dr Nigel Raine, from the Royal Holloway University of London, commented that with bee populations declining across the world, “we can all give bees a helping hand by planting the right flowers to give them the nectar and pollen they need. This study highlights that it’s important for bee-friendly gardeners to choose what you plant with care. Washington Wizards Gardeners and town planners should think carefully about the mixture of flowers they plant to ensure food is available for a wide range of bees and other important insect pollinators. asics gel stratus mujer It’s also important to cater for the needs of the rarer species and provide food at times when there might be fewer wild flowers in bloom.”

    Flowers attractive to bees and other insects are by and large also attractive to humans, and are no harder to grow or more expensive than any others. nike air max femme pas cher Therefore, choosing insect-attractive varieties over less attractive varieties is a zero cost option, and is a practical and simple way of helping bees and other flower-visiting insects in your own garden.