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Considering bees

January 11, 2009


I was going to pull up these brassicas to make way for late summer/autumn plantings until I noticed a familiar smell and sound.  Bees – over 20 of them working the flowers.  Well, my timetable can wait for the bees, I think.  They could be my bees which are housed at my sister’s place about 500 metres away or my friend, Lis’, also a similar distance away or they could be those of another local beekeepers – who knows! Bees travel up to 5kms from their hive, so they could be anyone’s. I should have been painting the house but I kept coming out to watch them. Determination, elegance and zest in their foraging.  Is it possible that I’m falling in love with bees?

I did notice when I checked on my bees last week, that the foraging bees were returning with an orange/dark yellow pollen.  The colour reminded me of calendula or even dandelion but it could be from the brassicas.  It’s interesting to think of the garden with bees in mind.  Things that are a weed are often a foraging source for bees particularly in urban or semi-urban settings. Well, even in rural settings – Salvation Jane ( Echium plantagineum) it is to beekeepers – forage for the bees, but to farmers it’s Paterson’s Curse – a weed. The honey is quite runny and sweet. Yum!

4 Comments leave one →
  1. January 11, 2009 5:27 am

    I first fell in love with bees when watching them buzzing blissed out and drunk on the nectar of some stunningly beautiful poppies. They also seem to especially love lavender. But I don’t like honey – no principle here – just don’t like it (prefer maple syrup)

  2. January 11, 2009 12:18 pm

    Hmmm…I stopped eating maple syrup when I participated in ‘Riot for Austerity” and was trying to eat as much local food as possible. Before that, honey was second to maple syrup – I just realised that I haven’t eaten ms for over 18 months.

    They are mesmerising to watch and so busy during the hottest/sunniest part of the day. Creatures of the sun, they are.

  3. January 14, 2009 12:33 pm

    Oh Nada, yes that’s one of mine … recognised it immediately …. I know exactly what you mean about the garden though – I’m leaving plants in and letting them go to seed because the bees are obviously enjoying them so much. They really love leeks!

  4. Jewel permalink
    March 3, 2009 2:52 pm

    First blog I read after wakeup from sleep today!

    Are you tension? panic?

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