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Honey Bees in the Garden:  May

By Mindy03
May 5, 2011

May is a month that showcases flowers for special days. Flowers for May Day, flowers for Mother's Day, flowers for Memorial Day and flowers for the honey bees.

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Name: Susie
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Aguane
May 5, 2011 10:49 PM CST
Thanks so much for your article, Mindy03. It comes at a time when I have lots of questions about the bees in my neighborhood. I live in Phoenix, Arizona (transplant from San Francisco, CA). I've lived in my house for 4 1/2 years. Every single year, all 4, when my Queen Palms bloom, the "flower" is totally covered in bees. This year there is nothing, no bees on the flowers. We did have an extremely cold and unusual Fall to Winter with 3 days of hard freeze. Thumb of 2011-05-06/Aguane/d8ebfb

Your article drives home, to me, that we so depend on the bees to bring fertility and flowers.
Enjoyed it!
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Name: Margaret
Delta KY
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Mindy03
May 6, 2011 8:28 AM CST
Thank you Susie. Is there bees on that flower or are my eyes seeing something that's not there?
A lady in VA told me there weren't any bees around her yard last year but this year there's plenty. My brother who lives about 20 miles from me didn't see bees in his yard last year but said he seen a few this year. So keep looking they'll be back.
If you are interested in learning more about bees and beekeeping I opened a beekeeping forum here
http://cubits.org/thedatabaseshop/thread/view/55344/
Come and check it out and if you still have questions feel free to ask and I'll try to answer them.
Name: Susie
Phoenix AZ (Zone 9a)
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Aguane
May 6, 2011 11:18 AM CST
Thanks so much, Margaret! Actually I didn't see one bee on those palm flowers. Last two years they were on the flowers in the hundreds. Maybe they're taking a vacation!
“Don't give up too quickly"... unknown, I heard it somewhere.
~ All Things Plants, SOUTHWEST GARDENING ~Cubits.org ENERGY & POWER

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