Busy Like A Bee

Buzz, buzz, buzz…

These past few weeks have been fabulous. I spent six days in Florida visiting my fun-loving family with my husband. My parents treated us to a few days at Disney and nobody was more excited than my two adorable nieces, except maybe the two roller coaster dare-devils (aka my Dad and my husband).

We were even lucky enough to catch some of the Disney Garden Show and butterfly exhibits while we were there. There was even a small section dedicated to bees and a honey themed cafe nearby…good marketing.

Who doesn’t love honey cinnamon rolls with mead?

Disney Had Bees & Butterflies!

The weekend before we left for vacation we set up a seedling-sitting schedule with one of our good and plant-knowledgeable friends. (She did an amazing job). That same weekend, I also got to visit with one of our long-time family friends and her new Italian honey bees up in New Hampshire. My best bud since childhood and I went over together and had a blast.

Apparently, bees like chamomile as much as I do! Calming and delicious.

Sugar Water With Chamomile

I’ve been interested in adding honey bees to our gardens for a few years. I’ve gone to a few workshops, read a few books and, thanks to our family friend, had some great hands-on experiences with honey bees and handling active bee hives.

My First Visit Last Autumn

The one thing I haven’t done yet that I would like to do before getting bees of my own is collect honey.

Two Awesome Ladies!

We are fortunate to have many different kinds of bees, flies, butterflies and other pollinators on our property that are native to our region. Last summer, I noticed that we had at least two different types of honey bees in our gardens, which may have come from other farms in the area. I daydreamed about the quality of honey those bees would be making from the pollen they were gathering from my flowers. I was especially intrigued by the thought of lavender honey as I watched the little insects bounce on my purple hedges last year.

Although honey bees are not native to New England, they are a really great way to boost the pollination demands in gardens. Additionally, their honey is a delicious and versatile staple for the pantry. Some families are even lucky enough to collect a surplus of honey, which they can sell.

Hopefully, with a little more education and the kind of hands-on learning I love, my husband and I will be able to bring bees of our own to our gardens.

8 thoughts on “Busy Like A Bee”

  1. I briefly had a beehive in my garden, but sadly, I found I wasn’t brave enough when it came to actually dealing with the bees!

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      1. The only two beehives that survive here are too high in the same massive sycamore to reach. We worry about them because so many bees fall from them and die on the ground below, but both hives seem to be quite active.

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      2. Wow! That’s pretty neat you have some in your tree. I learned at my friend’s hives that when honey bees die the worker bees push them out to clean up. She said it’s common to find a few dead honey bees outside of the entry of the hive if it is active and growing. I wonder if that also is why there are some the dead bees below your hives? I’ve always wanted to see honey bee hives in a tree!

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      3. The huge sycamore with two hives is now in Felton Covered Bridge Park. It was just on the side of the road when I was a kid, and had at least one hive in it back then. They are very high and out of reach. A few dead bees would not be much of a bother, but we often see MANY dead and dying bees in the parking lot below. Yet, both hives seem to survive.

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