SO DO WE!
It's no secret that nation-wide bee populations have been dropping at alarming rates in the last several years. But is it honey bees we should be worrying about? No. It is the lesser known native bumble bee. Unlike the domesticated honey bee, these solitary creatures are responsible for the pollination of more than 40 important crops. What are native bees? They are comprised of more than 4,000 species of bee which have lived in North America since long before the honey bee was brought here by European settlers. They have and continue to do most of the pollination of our food.
Unfortunately, native bees are quite sensitive to pesticides and environmental changes such as trampled or paved land. If we don't make changes soon, we could face the disastrous effects of bee extinction. Thankfully, there is a solution you can utilize right at home. California homeowners can help native bees by installing "bee-friendly" plants that are native to their respective areas. Here are some gorgeous examples of drought-tolerant plants that the local bee population will love as much as you do.
Bees absolutely love lavender and if you plant some in your yard you may quickly notice any bees nearby taking up residence.
These attractive plants are easy to grow and propagate. As an interesting aside, while we had a large crop of these in our loading yard, a whole swarm of friendly bees passed through (and a few hummingbirds as well). Bright, fragrant, and full of nectar - they couldn't BEE more perfect (sorry).