Inspiration for June 14, 2018: Bees are the life of the garden.

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Name: josephine
Arlington, Texas (Zone 8a)
Hi Everybody!! Let us talk native.
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frostweed
Nov 16, 2016 7:49 AM CST
Together with Butterflies, Beetles and many other insects.
No pollinators, no flowers and no food.
Let us do our best to help them and preserve them.
We need them. Smiling
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Name: Ronnie (Veronica)
Southeastern PA (Zone 6b)
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luvsgrtdanes
Nov 16, 2016 9:28 AM CST
Yes we do Lovey dubby
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Name: Vicki
North Carolina
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vic
Nov 16, 2016 10:29 AM CST
Beautiful!
Name: Sharlene
St. Gallen - Switzerland (Zone 6a)
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sunnyvalley
Nov 16, 2016 11:57 AM CST
Stunning photo Ronnie and a very true statement Josephine!
Name: Ronnie (Veronica)
Southeastern PA (Zone 6b)
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luvsgrtdanes
Nov 16, 2016 12:05 PM CST
Thank You!
It happens in a flash, but the memory of it last forever. It can not be borrowed or stolen, and it is of no earthly good until it is given away. So if in your hurry you meet someone who is too weary to smile, leave him one of yours, for no one needs a smile quite as much as he who has none to give...

central Illinois
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jmorth
Nov 16, 2016 12:35 PM CST
Agree with the above!
Nothing that's been done can ever be changed.
Name: NancyB
Minnesota (Zone 4b)
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nben
Nov 16, 2016 7:11 PM CST
What a great photo. My Great Dane was so curious about the bees doing their work in my gardens this summer that he ended up getting stung on his snout a few times!
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Name: Ronnie (Veronica)
Southeastern PA (Zone 6b)
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luvsgrtdanes
Nov 16, 2016 7:34 PM CST
Thanks you, my Winston chases them all the time but hasn't got stung yet Hilarious! Crossing Fingers!
It happens in a flash, but the memory of it last forever. It can not be borrowed or stolen, and it is of no earthly good until it is given away. So if in your hurry you meet someone who is too weary to smile, leave him one of yours, for no one needs a smile quite as much as he who has none to give...

Name: Marilyn
Northern KY (Zone 6a)
Laughter is the best medicine!
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Marilyn
Jun 13, 2018 7:14 PM CST
Love the pic of the bee with all the pollen on it. Lovey dubby Thumbs up
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Hummingbirds are beautiful flying jewels in the garden!


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RadlyRootbound
Jun 14, 2018 1:56 AM CST
This year I have taken notice of the absence of bees. My lawn has a lot of white clover in it and it reminded me of making clover necklaces as a kid in the 70's, and how we had to be mindful of the many bees going about their business on the clover patches we were sitting in. (And some aside info for younger members: lawn seed mixes used to purposefully include clover, but now it's considered a weed by most people and lawn professionals.)

Anyway, back to the bees, I have not seen a single honeybee on the clover this year, and I've been watching for them. I did see one bee on my confederate jasmine one day, but that's about it. I know something must be pollinating my plants, because I have a bunch of plums filling out, and a ton of blackberries ripening and needing to be picked every other day. (Or do blackberries self-pollinate?) I have seen other insect pollinators, but just the one honeybee. I remember reading a few years ago that honeybees were suffering a mysterious severe decline, but did they ever pinpoint the exact reason? Whatever the reason, the honeybee is conspicuously absent in my neck of the woods. Shrug!

Radly
"He who always says his vegetables are bigger and better than anyone else's, and his grass is always greener, is probably feeding them the same manure he's feeding you." ~Radly

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