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  • Invasives and Nuance February 26, 2015
    Invasives and Nuance I’ve had a long and complicated relationship with Cup Plant (Silphium perfoliatum), and we finally broke up for good this year. The opening photo shows C. perfoliatum’s cousin, Compass Plant (Silphium laciniatum). It’s Invasive Species Awareness Week, so I thought maybe it’s a good time to be open about my experience of […] We love heari […]
    Jesse Elwert
  • Where Do Spiders Go in Winter February 25, 2015
    Do spiders hibernate in winter? Do spiders come inside your house in winter? Where do spiders go in winter? These are questions I’m frequently asked by our readers and also from audiences at conferences and workshops as I travel to speak about Ecosystem Gardening around the country. So lets take a look at how spiders […] We love hearing from you! Please clic […]
    Carole Sevilla Brown
  • Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers February 24, 2015
    Beautiful patterns, holes in tree bark, looking like a sort of Morse Code, is not the work of Martians leaving us a message, or wood boring insects. These holes are the work of a brightly colored, medium sized woodpecker, the Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Sphyrapicus varius. The photo, above, is a cluster of holes (called sapwells) that I discovered less […] We […]
    Brenda Clements Jones
  • Dreaming of Spring February 23, 2015
      I think it’s safe to say that those of us who do not live in Florida are sick and tired of shoveling snow this winter. I for one am dreaming of Spring in a big way! So I was looking through some of my photos from years gone by and thought I would share […] We love hearing from you! Please click here to see all the beautiful photos and let us know what you […]
    Judy Burris
  • Monarchs for President’s Day February 22, 2015
    The long President’s Day weekend, 2015 found me camping at a favorite spot in Southern California’s Santa Monica Mountains, Leo Carrillo State Beach. This campground at the far north end of Malibu includes its own private beach, a pristine cove on the Pacific Ocean.  To the east of CA’s Route 1 (known also as the […] We love hearing from you! Please click he […]
    Kathy Vilim
  • Bluebirds Staking Claim February 20, 2015
    It’s a brisk day here in Central Florida with record lows hovering around the freezing mark.  The birds are in full flurry, tanking up on the various berries and fruits that are available for winter dining in my native plant garden. I was pleased to see the Eastern Bluebirds (Sialia sialis) are back house hunting […] We love hearing from you! Please click he […]
    Loret T. Setters
  • Gardening for the Birds in the Desert February 17, 2015
    What do desert birds need? Same as every living thing on earth needs, food, water and a place to live. So after you put in a bird bath for the drinking water what can you do to attract birds to the garden? Bird feeders are one easy answer, but you often see a number of […] We love hearing from you! Please click here to see all the beautiful photos and let us […]
    Jacqueline Soule
  • In the Garden, the Eagle has Landed February 13, 2015
    As I looked up to the sky, the vultures were flying overhead in full force.  I suspect the remains of some dropped prey may have been in the 3-acre lot across the street.  Vultures in my neighborhood are a routine affair. I live within a mile (as the crow flies) of a wildlife management area […] We love hearing from you! Please click here to see all the beau […]
    Loret T. Setters
  • True Partners February 13, 2015
    Valentine’s Day is almost here and sweethearts are planning to get cards, candy and flowers for their true love.  In nature there are partnerships that go beyond affection and I am reminded of it every spring. One such partnership is that between flowers and insects. From the moment that first flower opens, the love begins. […] We love hearing from you! Plea […]
    Ellen Honeycutt

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A Bee In My Garden

It’s wonderful to me that bees have this simple, age-old thing going on.

~Peter Fonda

I knew when I heard the soft sound of buzzing it was officially spring in the garden. If the bees are awake and foraging what other proof could we demand? At once the transformation from winter to spring is over and we are in the midst of warmth, sunshine and early preparation of the garden. Yes, it’s a bit early and surely late snows will send my friend into hiding again. No matter… this busy bee has brought a celebration to my garden!

I’ve been working outside in the gardens for more than a few days now. I’ve raked up dried grass, cut back perennials and removed thick layers of wet, matted leaves smothering yellowed and light-starved foliage. I’ve plunked in rows of peas and lettuces and carrots and watched birds return to gather bits and twigs for nests. Truthfully, it never really felt like gardening until I heard the gentle buzzzz. It’s the happy busy bee making my garden so delightful to work in and profitable as well. Garden labor is fruitless, quite literally, without the unceasing efforts of the precious bees.

I’m celebrating the return of these happy, hard-working friends! Once again they’ve triumphed over environmental onslaughts to feed and feast upon early blooming crocuses. Throughout the season we’ll work side-by-side in this petite patch to grow a green, fruitful and healthy garden in which we all thrive. The bees’ return signals not only the beginning of spring, but a new beginning in my efforts to have healthy, organic, safe places to live and grow. A bee in my garden… now that’s worth celebrating!

6 comments to A Bee In My Garden

  • Lisa- you are definitely emulating the bee with all your garden work :) Wild bee sightings are definitely a cause for celebration !

  • Lisa, I am so happy that you have bees already, and wish my temperatures would be warm enough for things to show any signs of life. Happy Spring to you!

  • Lisa Gustavson

    Each year I’ve been holding my breath wondering if the wild populations have survived. I really do celebrate their return! :-)

  • Lisa Gustavson

    Thank you. It’s been a lovely spring-like week. March returns in the form of snow next week. At least I know my friends are safe and waiting!

  • Funny how we are so tuned in to that buzzing sound! Bees are coming out in drives here, I do wish that I was better at ID. I have no clue what types but they certainly are a welcomed sight/sound.

  • Camron Barth

    It’s such a good idea to plant gardens/flowers that are conducive to honey bees! We need to help them!

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