April (and the beginning of May) seems to be reluctant to let go of the cold grip of winter. But we are finally seeing the wonderful fresh greens of new leaves bursting from the branches and the bright colours of spring flowers. And our small yet powerful guardians of these things, the bees, are busy at work. If it wasn’t for these hard working teams, many of the things that sustain us both physically and mentally would not exist. One day, perhaps in my retirement it’s one of the things I’d like to have a go at – bee keeping.
But as I’m sure you all know, many things including bees (both domesticated and wild) have been in decline over the past few years.
I currently work in a shop that stocks all manner of gardening products, and as I try to look after the customer’s needs, I can’t help but be fascinated by the combinations of products that are often found in the ‘shopping basket’. Packets of wild flower seeds and good nectar plants designed to attract bees and other insects, along with ant powder, fly spray and other insecticides… Peat free growing media along with synthetic chemical fertilisers, plastic ‘disposable’ plant trays… the lists go on. Having said all that, I’m afraid I’m as guilty as the next man!
We aspire to be stewards of the planet, and carers for creation. There is a point where we will be doing this to care for ourselves. The globe has been a place of nurturing for all of creation, and now we must nurture it or there will be a dinosaur moment for mankind.
I’m an unashamed Star Wars fan and there’s a quote from a young Obi Wan that comes to mind.
“You and the Naboo form a symbiont circle. What happens to one of you will affect the other. You must understand this.”
(A quote from Star Wars episode 1, “The Phantom Menace”.)
We and the bees (as with all nature) form a symbiont circle. What happens to one of us will affect the other…
So perhaps have a thought and pause the next time you get out the fly spray.