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  • The Wildlife Nursery July 22, 2014
      Gardening often provides the closest encounters we ever have with wild creatures.  It is a solace and a distraction in bad times, and a shared joy in good ones.  ~Ursula Buchan     When you establish a wildlife garden, you need to be aware that at some point in the spring, summer or fall you will […] We love hearing from you! Please click here to see all t […]
    Donna Donabella
  • The Good in Grapevines July 18, 2014
    I am sometimes dismayed by the rapid growth of my Muscadine grapevines (Vitis rotundifolia).  Then I spot a bird picking through them and I relax and am glad that I procrastinated on cutting back. Heck, this southeastern native vine can be cut back at any time. This past week I watched the cardinals dancing in […] We love hearing from you! Please click here […]
    Loret T. Setters
  • A Monarch Waystation in a Mall’s Landscaping July 17, 2014
    At the Healthy Living Market, which occupies the old JC Penny’s space in the Wilton Mall of Saratoga Springs, NY, there is a new Monarch Waystation site. I had the privilege of doing a landscape renovation to the surrounding island beds and sidewalk gardens this spring. We included many native perennials, and cumulatively the site […] We love hearing from yo […]
    Jesse Elwert
  • Smooth Sumac July 15, 2014
      Just a couple weeks ago, some of the bushes along my woodland edges were abuzz with pollinator activity. The flowers of Smooth Sumac, Rhus glabra, were the magnet.   Butterflies, including this Red-banded Hairstreak, Calycopis cecrops, were part of the crowd.   Honey Bees, gathering nectar, to help some bee keeper with his honey supply were also attracted. […]
    Brenda Clements Jones
  • Sweet as honeyvine July 14, 2014
    This “weed” is a host plant Honeyvine milkweed (Cynanchum laeve) is a vigorous, perennial trailing vine that is native to our eastern and central states.  Some people consider it to be a nuisance “weed”, but I call it Monarch caterpillar food. Hardy hearts I like the honeyvine’s heart-shaped leaves and the fact that I never […] We love hearing from you! Plea […]
    Judy Burris
  • Yellow and Blue make Beauty in the Garden July 11, 2014
    When I see the bright yellow flowers of the Partridge Pea (Chamaecrista* fasciculata) I tend to think of Sulphur butterflies because it is a larval host for several members of the Sulphur butterfly family. The other day I was out enjoying the diversity of insect activity on the Partridge Pea plants back in my pond […] We love hearing from you! Please click h […]
    Loret T. Setters
  • Tracking Down a Lonesome Dove July 11, 2014
    Boy, were husband Matt and I baffled when a friend sent us this picture of a bird nest on the ground, with chick and egg. “What is it?” he wanted to know. “Precocious young?” That was our first thought when seeing a feathered youngster next to an egg—that “precocial” youngster already had feathers when it hatched. […] We love hearing from you! Please click h […]
    Sally Roth
  • What Native Plants Will Stay Green In Summer Drought? July 10, 2014
    In Southern California, we have a problem: There’s no green stuff in the summertime.  Many of our native perennial plants die back and leave you with a garden that is, well, lacking for the color green.  Most of us have this ńeed to see green in the garden, so much so that we would go […] We love hearing from you! Please click here to see all the beautiful p […]
    Kathy Vilim
  • Vital Velvet Mesquite II July 9, 2014
      In this summer month when the mesquite pods begin to ripen, I have been discussing mesquite in a number of my blogs (see list at the end of this article). The naturally sweet seed pods of the native velvet mesquite (Prosopis velutina) are a valuable source of food for numerous desert dwellers. Two-legged desert […] We love hearing from you! Please click he […]
    Jacqueline Soule

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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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