Respectful, fascinated, or afraid? Those three words probably cover most of us when the subject of bees is brought up. Many are able to live and let live while some are extremely allergic and an interaction requires medical attention quickly.
As a gardener, I’m lucky that I’m not allergic because I’m usually bitten each gardening season because I unintentionally ventured too close.
By now, you may be wondering why I’m going on about bees besides the basic fact of ‘no bees, no food.”
A talented local metal sculptor I know displayed a large bee in a town garden last summer. Every time I passed by I smiled at that bee.
Last fall, I asked him to make me a small version of his ‘Buzz.’
I picked her up last Friday, and I’ve already moved her a couple of times.
I’m waiting for the garden to come to life including large containers before I decide where she’ll reside for the summer.
Gardening is a passion for me, but it is also a lot of work so once in a while it’s fun to add something to the garden that doesn’t require maintenance or fertilizer and always brings a smile when you see it.
Speaking of work, I had to move in a garden bed after a survey showed I was over on the neighbor’s property. Whoops, I never could draw a straight line. 🙂 Pulling up 100′ of edging, landscape fabric, and wood chips, reinstalling, and shoveling soil and raking to level the space in her yard took me two days, and I was certainly glad to check that task off my spring to-do list.
It’s still too early to complete a lot of tasks outside, but I have planted some lettuce and carrots and kept mentally occupied with seedlings indoors.
I’ll leave you with a few photos and hope April is treating you well. From the bottom of my heart – Welcome Spring!
For those nerdy folks like myself who would like more information about bees, this article, Bee Basics by the USDA Forest Service, is quite comprehensive.