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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

I saw a genuine honeybee today

A lone honeybee was having its way with my rock garden yellow clover during a sunny break in what was an otherwise cloudy day. 

I never thought there would come a day when I would become excited over seeing a honeybee, but I suppose the times they are a changing.   The dwindling agriculture in this area just does not require many hives and the few apiarists around here are mostly dedicated hobbyists.


Glenn B said...

Used to see honey bees all the time around here and it is pretty urban. For the last few years though, there has been a complete absence of them. All I see in my garden now now are flies and bumble bees.

James A. Zachary Jr. said...

Hey there Glenn.

Yeah, as a kid I remember my Mom and Dad's yard having more clover than grass, and the honeybees being all over, but that was back when there were apple orchards and farm fields instead of shopping malls.

Same as yours, our yard and garden gets bumble bees, carpenter bees, a fair number of humming birds, and butter flies, but the honeybees are rare.

I hope they solve that colony collapse problem.

Happy gardening!

Ruth said...

I'm fairly rural and I still don't see enough honey bees to make me happy. To the point where I'm seriously considering putting in hives. Not cause I want my own honey, though that'd be cool, but to make sure my garden gets enough honey bee attention!

James A. Zachary Jr. said...

A friend of mine moved to Minnesota and tried beekeeping for a couple of years, but gave it up after his colonies vanished. My Great Grandfather had hives on his farm in Tennessee, but there were fewer maladies back then.

I hope you do it! It would make for interesting reading.