Thursday, October 20, 2011

OK, Where's the hive?



Even at this time of year — mid October — I still have bees visiting my urban terrace garden! This past July, as you may recall, dear reader, prior to my planting the Hyssop plants, some bees were feasting on my Echinacea plants, and if you'd like to refer to my blog entry on this "event", please click here. 

I am not sure if the bees that were here in July are the same ones that have been indulging in my Hyssop plants for the past month, or if this "current group of bees" just heard the buzz from their "comrades" on good places to "graze".

In any event, I have mentioned the visiting of these bees in previous blog entries which you may refer to by clicking here  as well as here and here and here, where you can read about them and where you may also see photographs of how much they enjoy my Hyssop plants! They still to continue to bring me joy and to amaze me, but I am bit surprised about their "addiction" to Hyssop, given that I have so many other "taste treats" in my garden including Lavandula angustifolia (English Lavender), Lavandula dentata (French Lavender) and a number of other herbs such as Echinacea as well as three types of roses, but the Hyssop seems to win every time, as evidenced by the image posted below, where one of the bees is indulging in the Hyssop, neglecting the rose which is right next to it.



Not sure what Hyssop is, dear reader? You are not alone, but what I can tell you is this, according to an article (about Hyssop) that I happened upon by Barbara Lardinais, "In 'the old days' before grocery store shelves were lined with cleaning products for every conceivable need, people used nature's products. Hyssop was readily available especially in the Middle East. Because it had detergent properties, it was widely used to clean sacred places such as temples."
(To read full article, please click here.)



The Hyssop plant doesn't sound like the most appetizing thing to me, but I would like to try the honey which my "visiting bees"  are most likely creating from it, unless "my bees" are making a cleaning product? (-;

All kidding aside, whatever they are doing, my visiting bees are mesmerizing, and I wish I could get one of them to "carry" a handwritten note by yours truly to their beekeeper, whoever he or she is, so I could meet him or her. Any ideas, dear reader, on how I might find out where their beekeeper is located? As precious as my visiting bees are, I doubt that they will play carrier pigeon as its probably not in their contract.

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