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Most farmers know the importance of having beneficial pollinators, like honey bees, near the garden or farm–so much so that many farmers also become beekeepers, hosting beehives on their properties. Bees and other insects are important for pollination, especially fruit trees and bushes, like blueberry, cherries, and most stone fruit trees that cannot self-pollinate. However, maintaining beehives can be difficult for small farmers or home gardeners who have little space and little time to spare. Instead, imagine a garden full of lush, colorful blooms that are as attractive to bees as they are to us! Include the following flowers in your garden for an open invitation for
the bees.

Calendula

Plant calendula to attract the bees with its sweet nectar, and reap the many benefits of this beautiful flower. Calendula comes in many varieties, ranging from yellows to oranges to pale pinks. These bright blooms quickly attract the bees (and butterflies, too!) while also acting a trap for some pests, such as the leafy green destroying aphids. Not to mention, calendula is also edible, traditionally used stews and teas. Calendula is also great for making salves and adding into any bouquet, making this flower a top choice for any garden.

Foxglove

This flower is toxic to humans and other mammals, keeping the deer and rabbits away. But, the bees and the hummingbirds love the nectar of the foxglove! Foxgloves come in just about any color and are often grown by market gardeners as a cut-flower for spikes in bouquets. Foxgloves provide brilliant blooms to enliven any garden or farm and are easy to grow. Grow in full sun with lots of water in rich soil. If you enjoy having them around, these flowers will self-seed, providing blooms and bees for years to come.

Yarrow

Yarrow is a perennial herb that will bring the bees to your space starting early in the summer. Yarrow often comes in pale, pastel colors and has many uses. Most flower farmers grow yarrow for bouquets while many home gardeners use yarrow as a medicinal herb used in treating fevers, common colds, and other inflammatory-type illnesses. Yarrow is easy to care for in the garden, requiring water only in times of drought and minimal to no fertilization. This low-maintenance plant is certainly an essential in your bee garden.

Sunflower

Sunflowers are the highlight of most gardens, with their tall-reaching blooms that follow the sun throughout the day. Bees, too, can’t seem to stay away from the prolific pollen produced from these bloomin’ beauties. Sunflowers grow best direct seeded into well-draining soil in an area that receives full sun throughout the summer. Some varieties of sunflowers will self-seed, and you will have yourself an endlessly growing sunflower field to keep the bees comin’ over the years.

The list of bee-attracting plants does not end there. For other options, think herbs! Add lavender, mint varieties, thyme, rosemary, chives, borage, and even oregano to bring in the bees. Simply imagine herbs and flowers with attractive scents and colorful blooms, and it’s likely to be these pollinator’s dream.

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Six Beauty Tips For Glasses Wearers

Log onto Youtube and you’ll find millions of beauty videos with hints, tips and tutorials for looking your best, but most of these beauty gurus won’t tell you how to work with glasses. They don’t appreciate that their amazing rainbow eyeshadow look completely disappears behind your frames, or that long, false eyelashes push your lenses away and leave streaks across your vision for the rest of the day. What should wearers of glasses do if they want to look their best?

Embrace your glasses as your statement eye look

Anything other than the most vibrant eyeshadow is going to be hidden or muted by your glasses. Accept it. People who don’t wear glasses need to use eyeshadow and liner to help their eyes stand out. Your eyes are perfectly framed as soon as you put your glasses on, without expending any time or effort. Embrace it!

Work with your frames

Color matching isn’t reserved just for your makeup look. As with any accessory, you will look most put together if your jewelry and clothing work with your frames too. If they have gold metal work, you’re going to look great with a gold necklace or earrings.

Change it up

Your glasses are a fashion accessory. You wouldn’t wear the same earrings every day, but you might have a favorite pair that you feel your best in. Take advantage of 2 for 1 offers to give yourself options. Black or tortoiseshell frames will give you a classic look that looks great with winged eyeliner and red lipstick, but why not introduce a pop of color with a colored frame and a more neutral lip?

Don’t forget to define your eyebrows

Darker frames are great for enhancing your eyes, but also risk making lighter brows disappear. Make sure that you use an eyebrow product to give your brows some depth and definition if you want to look your best.

Use waterproof and smudge-proof makeup

Everyone who wears makeup and glasses knows what it’s like to have mascara streaks on your lenses and red marks where your frames have rubbed the foundation off your nose. Waterproof and smudge-proof options are everywhere nowadays and are perfect for addressing these gripes.

Buy yourself a good magnifying mirror

This is particularly important for when you’re travelling and without your regular full-length mirror. There is nothing worse than having to lean painfully over a sink or cabinet, just so you can see what you’re doing when you’re applying makeup without your glasses on. A decent magnifying mirror with a stand will help ensure you look great wherever you are.

With these tips in mind, you might have to adapt that great makeup look you saw online, but you can feel confident that your glasses are working for you. And, at the end of the day, beauty is all about confidence.


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