Don’t Stop the Buzzing!

By Cynthia Brian

*I am weary of swords and courts and kings.  Let us go into the garden and watch the minister’s bees.  Mary Johnston

There is a symphony playing daily in my garden. While my husband turns on the stereo to listen to his favorite tunes, I merely open my door or window to hear the melodic concert of nature. My favorite musicians include the thousands of bees buzzing, hummingbirds bustling, birds singing, frogs croaking, water trickling, owls hooting, and crickets chirping. Sometimes the hawks or turkey vultures swoop low with the sound of their flapping wings creating a “whoosh, whoosh” like a strong base. The orchestra changes by the minute as the pollinators search for nectar that produces one out of every three bites we consume. This week as I was sitting on my porch putting on my boots, a hummingbird came to inspect the red mandevilla blooms next to me, then, rapidly moved to hover three inches from my nose for about ten seconds. It was a magical moment photographed in my mind.

With much of summer spent outdoors, I’ve had individuals tell me that they don’t like to be in their gardens because of their fear of bee bites. Honeybees, bumble bees, and other native bees are passive as they busily forage. They are not interested in humans and will only sting to defend themselves. With the thousands of bees serenading in my landscape, the only times I have been stung is when I’ve tried to rescue a bee from a swimming pool, fountain, or other water feature. (Of course, if you are allergic to bees, it’s always good to have an updated pen of epinephrine on hand.)

Yellow jackets are meat eaters. Although these black and yellow carnivorous creatures are also pollinators, they are mostly attracted to meat, fish, sugary substances, garbage, and, alas, our barbecues and picnics. Unlike bees that sting once and die, yellow jackets have the ability to sting repeatedly. If you have “bees” landing on your plates as you are enjoying a meal outdoors, you have an invasion of yellow jackets, not bees. Bees flock to flowers, yellow jackets to flesh. Find the nest and call Vector Control ((925) 685-9301), a countywide free service paid through our taxes to eradicate these pests. Yellow jackets are not music to our ears.

For the rest of the butterflies, moths, bees, and musicians, cue the conductors and buzz on! Go into the garden to enjoy the show.

Refresher Steps for Sustained Buzzing

  • ⎫ Build a house: allow for a small pile of leaves or branches to provide shelter.
  • ⎫ Provide a fresh water source: birdbaths, fountains, ponds, even a small mud puddle for the butterflies.
  • ⎫ Don’t use pesticides, insecticides, or other chemicals that will kill the pollinators.
  • ⎫ Offer a continual source of nectar and pollen by planting fennel, parsley, dill, lavender, tubular, colorful flowers, milkweed, and shrubs.
  • ⎫ Attract a diversity of buzzers to your garden with drifts of the same plant so that they can see and smell the buffet.
  • ⎫ Don’t be afraid of the native bees, honeybees, or our other flying winged friends. They are not interested in harming you unless they are defending themselves. Let them do their business.

Trending in my garden:

  • ⎫ Santa Rosa plums, cherry plums, Asian pears, apples, blackberries, and tangerines are finding their way to tarts, barbecues, sauces, salads, and drinks.
  • ⎫ Zucchini is growing as fast as the pods in Invaders of the Body Snatchers..
  • ⎫ Wisteria boasts a second flush of purple.
  • ⎫ Roses and stargazer lilies perfume the air and beautify my garden.
  • ⎫ Herbs (parsley, basil, cilantro, fennel, sage, thyme, oregano, rosemary, and tarragon) are flourishing.
  • ⎫ Hydrangeas are finally blooming. I love putting a hydrangea in a Deckorations™ container from http://www.Jberrynursery.com, then planting I a shaded area when the blooms fade.
  • ⎫ Passion lower vines are growing on my fence featuring intricate show stopping blooms.

Monthly Tips:

KEEP fruited plants evenly moist to avoid blossom end rot.

PRE-ORDER new garlic varieties for a September delivery. Four new ones that are offered by Sow True Seed (www.sowtrueseed.com) include Early Red Italian, Red Russian, Georgian Fire, and Majestic. Everything tastes better with garlic!

DRY herbs and flowers during the summer to use for infusions into homemade cosmetics, shampoo, steams, and masks.

EAT the tendrils of peas. Stir-fry or eat raw. Many unexpected veggie greens are edible including turnip, radish, and beet. Never eat the leaves of rhubarb as they are poisonous.

PINCH back annuals for a fuller display all summer.

EMPTY any vessel holding water, even as small as a bottle cap to prevent mosquito larvae from breeding. Change birdbaths daily or add Dunks to non-moving water.

DEEP soak trees like magnolia or redwoods especially when you see them dropping abundant leaves.

CHECK outdoor pots and containers daily for moisture level. Pots dry out very quickly in this hot weather.

SNIP the tops of your herbs as they flower to use in your salads and sauces.

SKEWER vegetables and fruits from your garden to barbecue on your grill. Toss the items in a bowl with olive oil, lemon, and herbs, refrigerate overnight, skewer, grill, enjoy! I use peppers, melons, plums, apples, radishes, zucchini, tomatoes, and mushrooms.

ADD pea gravel to paths for easy walking and to prevent mud run-offs in the winter.

CONTACT Vector Control if you have a mosquito, skunk, or yellow jacket problem. The phone number is (925) 685-9301.

HANG yellow jacket traps ONLY on days that you are having a picnic or outdoor event. If you have traps always engaged, you will attract more yellow jackets.

Happy Gardening! Happy Growing!

Read more with photos: https://www.lamorindaweekly.com/archive/issue1011/August-Gardening-Guide-Dont-Tell-Bees-to-Buzz-Off.html

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©2016

Cynthia Brian

The Goddess Gardener

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Tampon Tax, Designing for Aging, Stop Whining

with Cynthia Brian and Heather Brittany on StarStyle®-Be the Star You Are!® Radio brought to the airwaves under the auspices of Be the Star You Are!® 501 c3 charity, LIVE, since 1998.

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Over the past 20 months there has been a global movement to be more open about biological processes that for centuries have been seen as curses. Heather Brittany talks about the repeal of the “tampon tax” in Health Matters.

As America’s over 50 population rises, cities are looking at how they can best serve the aging population.  With nine to ten adults wanting to age in their homes, we’ll look at the options for successful design.

Are you a blamer and complainer? It’s time for an attitude adjustment. We’ll show you ways to find the positives in the negatives and change your inner and outer dialogue.

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Getting into the Acting Business

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Have you always been interested in the entertainment industry? Did you know that acting happy will change your emotions to being more cheerful? Asya Gonzalez and Brigitte Jia interview actor, producer, writer, and coach, Cynthia Brian, who offers strategies on avoiding scams and achieving success.  Her book, The Business of Show Business, A Comprehensive Career Guide for Actors and Models is available at http://www.starstyleradio.com/#!store/c1747  and Cynthia is available as a private coach.  Eric Pawlakos provides an upbeat look at the relationship between acting and health in Health Rap. Science has proven that if we act happy, we will become happy because our body chemicals change. Career Reporter, Katie Choo gives a first rate synopsis of what it takes to be an actor. All acting is reacting, so get real and start acting as the star you are.

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Do you dream of becoming an actor? Get t

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Them Bones, Some Like it Hot, Curb Your Appetite

with Cynthia Brian and Heather Brittany on StarStyle®-Be the Star You Are!® Radio brought to the airwaves under the auspices of Be the Star You Are!® 501 c3 charity, LIVE, since 1998.

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There are 206 bones in our body and it’s time we learn how to take care of them. Most people don’t think about bone health until they are older and already frail. Heather Brittany helps you start now by understanding what’s good for “them bones” in Health Matters!

Baby, it’s hot outside and we gardeners have work to do.  We have to be water conscious, yet we see the bare spots in our landscape and yearn to make our personal paradise a more beautiful place. What are our options? Goddess Gardener Cynthia Brian keeps you cool while getting your chores dones.

Are you an emotional eater? When you get stressed, depressed, angry, or jubilant, do you reach for a box of cookies or a bag of chips? Learn ways to curb your appetite and feel satisfied.

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Check out our brand new radio sites for StarStyle®-Be the Star You Are!® and Express Yourself!™ Teen Radio. http://www.StarStyleRadio.com. PARTY!

Make a DONATION through PAYPAL GIVING FUND:  https://www.paypal.com/us/webapps/mpp/search-cause?charityId=1504&s=3

Help Be the Star You Are!® without spending a penny. If you’ve ever purchased a TV or computer screen, just 3 minutes of your time is needed to fill out the simple form and click submit. Every unit qualifies for a donation of about $20 to Be the Star You Are!®. You will receive a tax receipt once the donations have been dispersed. PLEASE do this today. Thanks from Be the Star You Are!®

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Catch up with all broadcasts on ITunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/starstyle-be-the-star-you-are!/id669630180?mt=2

Buy books by Cynthia Brian at http://starstyleradio.net/Store.html

Amazon Store:http://www.amazon.com/shops/be_the_star_you_are_charity

The award winning positive talk radio program, StarStyle®-Be the Star You Are!® broadcasts on the Voice America Empowerment Channel LIVE every Wednesday from 4-5pm Pt/7-8pm ET.  http://www.voiceamerica.com/show/2206/be-the-star-you-are.  Cynthia Brian and Heather Brittany are the Mother/Daughter dynamic duo who have been co-hosting this program live weekly since 1998 bringing upbeat, life enhancing conversation to the world. With Cynthia’s expertise in interviewing the trailblazers, authors, and experts and Heather’s healthy living segments, these Goddess Gals are your personal growth coaches helping you to jumpstart your life while igniting your flame of greatness. Brought to the airwaves under the auspices of the literacy and positive media charity, Be the Star You Are!®, (http://www.BetheStarYouAre.org) each program will pump your energy to help you live, love, laugh, learn, and lead.

For photos, descriptions, links, archives, and more, visit http://www.StarStyleRadio.com.

Get inspired, motivated, and informed with StarStyle®-Be the Star You Are!®

Lend us Your Ears!!!

Make a donation today to Be the Star You Are!® charity http://www.bethestaryouare.org

Cynthia Brian talks about the empowering outreach programs offered by Be the Star You Are!® charity. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DHglz05pBvI&feature=youtu.be

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Be the Star You Are!® charity. Every Season is for Giving Make a donation today. http://www.bethestaryouare.org/donate.htm

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