There is a u-pick orchard in Prince County, Prince Edward Island which we visit every September and October.
The orchard has pears, apples and plums. Two years ago, plums did not grow because there were not enough bees to pollinate the blossoms. It was a shock to see the many trees devoid of fruit.
There is concern world-wide for bees. Mites have decimated the hives; pesticides and insecticides have done the rest. Our food supply depends on bees for pollination and we cannot survive without them. The lack of plums was a shock but the disaster that could be on the horizon became real for us.
Here in Prince Edward Island, we are encouraged to plant a bee-friendly garden. One plant which attracts many of the pollinators is this musk rose bush.
The bees love it and at any time, multiple bees are visiting, collecting pollen and nectar.
A variety of blooms throughout the summer makes for a constant buzz outside the house. Even the lawn, which is not sprayed with herbicides or pesticides, is attractive to the insects; they especially love the dandelion. We are doing our part to bee friendly.