The Honey Bee and The Snowdrop

Many gardeners know the plight of the European honey bee – Colony collapse disorder,  workers disappear and the hive soon dies out. Many theories have been suggested and studies have been undertaken to try to understand the dynamics of this disorder.

But what can the backyard gardener do short of taking up beekeeping?  A PBS article Nature gives many suggestions including planting flowers that bloom successively. Check out the article here Silence of the Bees.

Honey Bee and Snowdrop

So our heralds of spring not only help us recover from the Winter Blues they help our pollinators live on.

Honey Bee and Snow Drop - 2

Be sure to plant an array of nectar flowers that begin to bloom once Gaia is warmed by the rays of the sun until she pulls her white blanket tight around her body once again.

Snow Drop

Honey Bee and Snow Drop - 3

Waiting For the First Pollenator

Yesterday my thoughts were of green grass and blue skies and the expansive vistas created on the garden canvas.

North facing foundation garden

Today my focus narrows and I look closer into the heart of the gardens.

Spotted Cucumber Beetle on Calendula Flower

I anxiously wait for all that fly and crawl realizing we would not be here were it not for the interconnectedness of life.

Bee on Blossom

Grasshopper and the Honey Bee

Last of the Autumn Flowers

On a cool afternoon in November the last of the Daisy mums hosted a myriad of insects.

Yellow-collared Scape Moth (Cisseps fulvicollis)

Trying to glean one last taste of the their sweet nectar bees, flies and this Yellow-collared Scape Moth

Yellow-collared Scape Moth (Cisseps fulvicollis)
Yellow-collared Scape Moth (Cisseps fulvicollis)

Hung on as a wild north-westerly wind tossed around the flower stalks.

Yellow-collared Scape Moth (Cisseps fulvicollis)
Yellow-collared Scape Moth (Cisseps fulvicollis)