If you've ever had the chance to visit our shop in Ada, MI, then you know how much we love our flowers.

The front entrance to our gallery has window boxes overflowing with seasonal plants and flowers, spilling their colors over the edges of the boxes. Our parking lot is surrounded by flower beds of perennials, in the spring Grape Hyacinths, Tulips and Peonies and as the summer arrives, Hydrangea, Dianthus, Lambs Ear's, Shasta daisies. We add, Sunflowers, Morning Glory, Cosmos and Cornflowers to the mix every year. These blooms are the inspiration for some much of our work.


But there is another inspiration in our gardens that is often overlooked, that hard working little pollinator, the bee. Bumble bee, honey bee or carpenter bee, they all have our thanks, because bees are one of the most important insects to our lives.These humble, buzzing bugs are responsible for not only the flowers in our gardens but so much of the food we are accustomed to eating.

Bees are responsible for pollinating about one-sixth of the flowering plant species worldwide and approximately 400 different agricultural types of plant.

One out of every three mouthfuls of food in the American diet is, in some way, a product of honeybee pollination—from fruit to nuts to coffee beans.

Pollination is essentially plant reproduction. Without help from animal pollinators, our everyday food supply would look much different – at least one third of our staples we’ve come to rely on would no longer be available.


 


But it is not just about the pollination. We also love the honey!

Not only is honey a natural sweetener, it is filled with vitamins, trace enzymes, amino acids and minerals like calcium, iron, sodium chlorine, magnesium, phosphate, and potassium. Honey is also beneficial for skin and hair care and has been used for its medicinal (anti-bacterial,anti-fungal and antioxidant) properties since ancient times.

For more ways to use honey check out:

http://www.healthyandnaturalworld.com/13-ways-to-use-honey-for-your-health/


 


 


Many of the staff at Heather Lane pottery have gardens of our own.We swap plants, share cuttings and give advice. We all are concerned about the health of our local and national bee populations.

Knowing that Bees are facing challenges from chemical and biological threats and that honeybee populations are on a continual decline, concerns all of us.


The Bee Collection is our way of highlighting these hard working insects that assure we have food to eat.


So what can we do to keep the bees safe?

*Anyone with outdoor space—from a container garden to a large lawn—can create a pesticide-free, safe space for pollinators that will encourage native bees and other beneficial insects.
*We can also make sure to purchase plants that aren’t pretreated with pesticides by asking questions when we shop for seeds and flowers.
*We can let our lawns grow a bit longer and leave the blooming clover for bees to enjoy.
*We can ask our elected officials to pass county and town ordinances to reduce pesticide spraying, and we can urge corporations to stop making and selling neonicotinoids.

 


Check out our One of A Kind shop with many of the unique bee pieces we have in studio.


Thank you bees, for all you do and looking great while doing it!

 

Sources:
https://www.nrdc.org/stories/buzz-about-colony-collapse-disorder?gclid=CjwKEAjwvYPKBRCYr5GLgNCJ_jsSJABqwfw75Vp7N1W7bLp0HDON-36ZmogD3aYj5xT3PvwyboxZ5hoCVNXw_wcB

http://www.onegreenplanet.org/animalsandnature/why-bees-are-important-to-our-planet/