As you probably know by now, Zeus is sending us gods, goddesses, muses and monsters to walk among you once again to remind you of why you needed us in the first place.
Thousands of years have passed and, it appears you have forgotten so much.
In terms of flowers and their importance and significance—my goddess, you’ve really taken a deep dive into the River Lethes!
I’m a pretty nice goddess (although Ovid does record a few of my jealous acts in his collection of poems, Fasti—yeah, I’ve turned a few gods into flowers), but now that I’ve descended to Earth and had a chance to look around a bit, I just have to ask:
Seriously, mortals. W.T.F.
Take the whole bee situation. I’m gobsmacked that Rusty-Patched Bumblebee (Bombus affinis)—a once common species in the USA—is on the brink of extinction. With its numbers reduced by 90%, this important pollinator is now on the endangered species list.
Endangered! Almost extinct! Only 10% remaining!
In fact, for some of your earthly crops—like tomatoes—bumblebees are practically the sole pollinators! They’re even more effective pollinators than honeybees, because of something called “buzz pollination”.
Do you mortals realize that how goes the bees goes your world?
Let me break it down for you:
Many fruits and vegetables need pollination to survive and thrive. For the most part, pollination occurs via bees. If all the bees die, most of your crops die. This will ripple throughout the food chain—ending with you, silly mortals.
Yes, butterflies, bats, hoverflies and hummingbirds also pollinate. So, while the world might not end if all the bees go extinct—you will face mass starvation on an unprecedented scale.
Now, I intended my first note here to be all upbeat and cheery; as I said in my Bio, the world needs more color, joy and renewal.
But, I’m realizing that you guys can’t experience all that goodness if you’re…dead.
So what can you do, mortal?
Plant some flowers.
Flowers are good! Flowers are great! Flowers may save your life one day!
Here are but a few that you can plant for a pollinator-friendly garden:
- Bee Balm
- Black-Eyed Susan
- Queen Ann’s Lace
- Pussy Willow
Don’t forget flowering herbs, too—rosemary, thyme, oregano, marjoram, sage, mint and chives are great—as well as fruits and vegetables, like tomatoes, zucchini, cucumbers and berries of all sorts.
It goes without saying: DO NOT use herbicides or pesticides. Also, avoid hybridized plants (which aren’t as conducive to pollination). Let wildflowers, well…run wild! And for heaven’s sake—don’t kill the dandelions.
At the moment, I’m prepping
to open my shop Bloomin’ Good—an all-things-floral
store that will include books, local art, seed packets, a “tea” shop serving
tisanes and, yes, fresh blooms—but if
I have to come back here to
chastise educate you mortals about flowers…I will.