Unfortunately, the loss of grasslands, diseases with nonnative bee species and climate change are dramatically impacting both the abundance of bees and the geographic range our bees need to survives.

About 42 of the more than 850 species of bees in Canada are bumblebees. Recently, a team of researchers at York University found that the American bumblebee, in particular, was under extreme distress. Over the past 10 years, its territory has drastically declined by about 70 per cent. Their numbers fell by 89 per cent compared to historical data collected from 1907 to 2006. The species is in very real danger of “imminent extinction” from Canada.

We need our bees. Without them, how will our crops, fruits and vegetables—not to mention our trees, shrubs and flowers—get pollinated? Left unchecked, the problem is huge, with far reaching consequences for our planet. Yet, this is one problem that we absolutely can do something about in very practical ways.

Let’s face it, we’ve all done it! We get a gift from someone and then, after a period of time, wrap it up and give it to someone else. But what about if you are the giver and your gift says something you never intended?

Such is the case whenever you offer flowers as a gift. Whatever the occasion, the following list may provide you with some support through the perils of gifting a hidden floral message you never intended.

If you’re planning to send flowers to a loved one or want to celebrate a special occasion on Valentine’s Day, the following flower language might help you to create arrangements that have a lot to say! Combine colours to create more complicated messages. Different colours of flowers have different meanings, so choose carefully!

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