God Save the Queen is a tile I've made in support of efforts to save honeybees.
It is available on both 6-inch and 4-inch marble tiles. Because the design does not cover the entire tile, natural patterns in the marble will make each unique. Some tiles have more "character" than others, meaning that the edges may not be perfect or other uniqueness about the tile. Because so much of the natural tile is revealed in this design, I try to chose tiles with lots of character. Nothing natural is perfect.
The bee design on four-inch tiles covers slightly more of the natural stone design.
The bee tile is priced considerably lower than comparable tiles here. My intention is to encourage you to donate to a charity to save the honeybees, or to have a little extra to plant your own bee garden. If you don't have space for a garden, consider taking some wildflower mix when you next go to the mountains.
4 inch square tiles: $52
6 inch square tiles: $62
Minimum Order: 5 tiles, any combination.
Availability*: Tiles without custom work (see How to Order Tile for what that means) can ship fairly quickly, usually one to two weeks.
There are more than 25,000 different types of bee species. Four thousand of these exist in the U.S. In Europe and the U.S., bee populations have decreased by 20% to 80% in the past few years, due to incurable bee diseases and irresponsible human activities, and the activities of encroaching civilization, and genetically modified foods.
Bees can detect weak static or low-frequency magnetic fields, which they use as one of several cues in navigation. There is conflicting research whether or not this contributes to Colony Collapse Disorder, in which all of the worker bees abandon their hive unexpectedly.
Bees are the most important pollinators -- an average bee colony of 30,000 honey bees can attend to up to 2 millions flowers a day. Thirty percent of food directly consumed by people are produced due to bee pollination. Indirectly, fodder for animals is also dependent on bees.
Bee visits to gardens increase when there are 10 or more different varieties of flowers they like. They especially like tall plants, plants with daisy-like flowers. So foxgloves, daisies, Russian sage, sunflowers, anise, zinnias. But also flowering fruit trees and vines.
You can quick order Queen Bee tiles in the 6 inch size. If you want to order many tiles, or a combination of patterns, see how to order tile to take advantage of quantity discounts and better shipping options.
This only works for the US and Canada. For other countries, contact me so I can give you a shipping estimate.
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