The Power Of Flowers By: Group 14
How It works
In our project, we had an idea to help the honeybees. As you may or may not know, the honeybees just got but on the endangered species on September 30, 2016. Even though this may not seem like a big deal, it is. The honeybee goes from flower to flower getting nectar from each flower to take back to the hive. While they are getting the nectar, pollen or the male sperm gets attached to their legs. And when going to the flowers they deposit the pollen, helping the flower be able to reproduce. Also, the nectar they take back to the hive is made into honey which we use to sweeten some foods some as tea and also in some shampoo. And the bigger picture is the fact that bees also pollinate our fruits and vegetables so they can reproduce. So when the bees don't pollinate, we are not going to get as many crops, bringing down our food supply. We need bees but bees don't need us. They could go on with life without us perfectly. In fact, we are the reasons that they are endangered in the first place, so their population would thrive. So we need to help them thrive which is why my group is making a flower garden to help them.
The honeybee is one of the pollinator bees meaning it goes from to flower to flower getting nectar and pollinating flowers. Honeybees forage about 2 miles and collect over 5,000 flowers a day.
We are creating a flower garden to help bees have a place to get nectar for the hive. Some of the flowers in there are pansies, zinnias, calendula, cosmos, lavender, and 4 o'clocks.
Examples of Flowers
This is one flower that the bees get nectar from to make honey called crocus. Bees also use hyacinth, borage, calendula, and wild lilac during the spring. The summer flowers are bee balm, cosmos, echinacea, snapdragons, foxglove, and hosta. And in the fall they pollinate zinnias, sedum, asters, witch hazel, and goldenrod are late bloomers that will tempt foragers.