The Bee Friendly Garden – Doug Purdie

The Bee Friendly Garden – Doug Purdie

I found this beautiful book on my library’s new release shelf and had to snatch it up! I love bees, and everything about them. I am actually spending this weekend building Mason Bee houses in the numerous coffee cans I have been saving up, just for this purpose.

The Bee Friendly Garden Cover Image
Cover Image

Although the author is based in Australia, and the bees discussed are native to Australia, many of these bees can be found in all countries. There was even a few paragraphs mentioning a bee project that took place in Michigan, so being in Michigan, I found that exciting!

This book includes sections on how bees pollinate plants, how and why their populations have been decreasing everywhere, and how we can help slow this terrible situation down.

Many varieties of herbs, flowers, and fruits and vegetables are discussed in great detail, as well as telling you how the bees pollinate them (yes, there is more than one way for a bee to pollinate a plant), which ones the bees prefer, and what kind of soil and sunlight each plant requires.

The Bee Friendly Garden Chapter Page Image
Chapter Page Drawing

The section on building homes for bees had other great information that I had not come across in my journey of learning how to build good, sustainable bee houses.

The pictures in this book are absolutely gorgeous, and seeing all the bees, insects, and plants has me definitely ready for the last of this Michigan snow to just melt already!

My apologies for the low quality pictures, I had to take them with my phone and send them to myself…..


13 thoughts on “The Bee Friendly Garden – Doug Purdie

  1. thebookwormdrinketh April 21, 2018 / 4:38 pm

    Definitely sounds like an interesting book. I’d love to learn how to build bee houses. And maybe get myself some honey! 😉😉 but, I think you’re the first person to say “I love bees!!” 🐝🐝

    • Angela April 23, 2018 / 8:07 am

      Although I would prefer to never be stung by a bee again, I do find them to be amazing little creatures and want to do my small part to fight their dwindling numbers 🙂

      • thebookwormdrinketh April 23, 2018 / 8:11 am

        Well, that’s definitely some sounds reasoning! They definitely are dwindling in numbers!! Thanks for generating some “buzz” about those bees!! 😂😂🐝🐝 …. I know. I need to stop answering comments first thing in the morning… It’s not good for anybody. Ha ha ha!! 🍻

  2. Cozynookbks April 23, 2018 / 3:47 pm

    Ever since I was Stung by a yellow jacket I’ve had reservations about bees. But I read a sweet romance book called If Not For a Bee a couple of years ago, and when the author talked about her research of bees and how special they are, I’ve tried to see them in a more favorable light. ( :

    • Angela April 25, 2018 / 6:42 am

      I haven’t been stung in several years, and I would be perfectly happy to never experience that again! I am going to look for that book as well 🙂

  3. Lola May 1, 2018 / 11:13 am

    Fellow bee lover here! 🙂 Check out Our Native Bees by Paige Embry, which is a truly awesome book about American bees.I absolutely loved it!

    • Angela May 1, 2018 / 7:36 pm

      I definitely will Lola!

  4. Trisha May 1, 2018 / 4:36 pm

    Bees are truly fascinating. I’m not cool enough to start beekeeping but I’m romantic enough to dream about it. 🙂

  5. Suzanne Gunter McClendon May 16, 2018 / 7:07 am

    This sounds like a great book! I’ll have to see if our library can get it, too. David and I want to help the bees, too. We have to figure out what to do that is best for the bees here and what also fits in with city regulations. Our city is a bird sanctuary, so maybe they could be a bee sanctuary, too. 🙂

    I enjoyed your post. Have a blessed day!

    • Angela May 16, 2018 / 12:38 pm

      What a great idea Suzanne! I planted many bee friendly plants, have a bee bath for them to get water, and will get the Mason Bee houses up shortly as soon as it stops getting so cold here at night. Thanks for sharing!

      • Suzanne Gunter McClendon May 16, 2018 / 4:42 pm

        You’re welcome and thank you, too. 🙂 There’s no danger of it getting cold here at night until wintertime again, if even then. Most times we’re at least warm the whole year through. We did have a bit of winter this time, though. Thank goodness!

        Which bee friendly plants did you plant? I think it’s cool that you have a bee bath. 🙂

        Have a blessed day.

  6. Madam Mim June 26, 2018 / 2:32 pm

    That looks interesting! So important with what’s happening with bees as well

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