Beekeeping Bees

Pollinators at Work

“How doth the little busy bee 
Improve each shining hour, 
And gather honey all the day 
From every opening flower.”
~Issac Watts

We are in the middle of another heat wave.  I think the bees actually like this weather the best.  The sun is shining.  There is not a cloud in the sky and the humidity is soaring.  Everywhere I turned  in the yard today, I saw my bees.  As I dead-headed some of the expired blooms, there they were busily flitting from flower to flower.  They say bees visit 50-100 flowers to fill the pollen buckets on their hind legs in just one trip.

When I went to the front gardens, I found myself mesmerized, watching.  The bees were hard at work on my favorite Coneflowers.  I must have been standing there for a while.  The kids finally came out and asked what I was doing.  The honeybees’ spell fell on them as well.  There we were, all three of us watching the bees hard at work.  Time passed quickly and we must have watched them for at least a half an hour.  The bees did not care that they had an audience.  I loved making this memory with the kids.

I might even be tempted to say that watching the bees was almost as entertaining as watching the chickens.

Photo Credits:  Tilly’s Nest