BUMBLEBEES

 A bumblebee wandering around purple flowers.
A Bee is an exquisite Chymist
— ROYAL BEEKEEPER TO CHARLES II

PROVIDE FOR THE BEES
AND THEY WILL PROVIDE FOR YOU

In our garden, the bees like to congregate in the sticky petals of the artichoke flowers, and along the tops of the chive flowers as they sway in the breeze. In the meadow, they duck and dip into the foxglove bells. I am thankful that they are here - working their magic on our garden to ensure that we will continue to have gooseberries, potatoes and chives. 

The bumblebees are the best - big, fuzzy and droning, they never scare me but make me smile. And what incredible magic they are able to work, back in their hives! Having taken the dust of a million flowers, leaving fertility in their wake, do they act as ants - simply collecting, building and eating? No. They weave their flower spices into something completely new: those gorgeous hexagonal structures dripping with honey.

If I could play a small part in this amazing chemical process, it would be to keep a garden of blooming organic flowers - what a small price to pay for such a reward. 


white clover

honeysuckle

delphinium

catmint

artichoke

chives

foxglove

lavender

rosemary

marjoram

snapdragon

dandelion

primrose

forget-me-not


 A bumblebee wandering around cherry blossoms
 Bumblebees stuck in an artichoke flower.