Bees are everywhere ~
My lemon trees are still giving me … lemons. I love my two trees, especially now that they are starting to bloom along with my grapefruit tree and the honeysuckle. Around 7:00 at night the fragrance from all my trees and plants are almost indescribable; so sweet and fragrant. I decided to go pick more lemons, afterall, the trees are in bloom and the fruit needs to come off. A couple of weeks ago our local paper, the Sacramento Bee, had an article on the decline of honeybees for polinating, so when I was looking around my garden I thought, I sure do have a lot of bees, I’m so lucky, and they are definately not in decline here. With my bucket in hand I was ready to pick the rest of my lemons, and OMG look what is in my tree.
|Bee colony in my lemon tree|
This hive is just incredible, it’s bigger then a football. What I find interesting is the fact they are so quite and nonagressive. I quess all the other bees I saw were scouts for the queen. Periodically, I went to check on the bees just to see if the hive was going to get any bigger, and I knew they would eventually swarm off. Oh, and I really wanted to get the rest of my lemons. I went out two days later to check on the bees and they were gone. Knowing they would swarm and create another hive I went looking for them, afterall I didn’t want to stick my hand into a tree with them around. They didn’t go far, they swarmed from my back yard to my front yard, this time in my pine tree. Time to call the beekeeper. With one shake of the branch the bees fell into the bee hive box and settled in for a ride to the Sierra hills.
When we first started getting these beehives I was very concerned, mainly because I knew nothing about bees except it hurts when they sting you. Yearly I can count on finding a hive of bees in my yard and look forward to finding their new nesting spot. Pesticides are affecting the bee populations and are putting them into a severe decline. We can’t loose these necessary insects for pollination, so be mindful of chemicals you use in you gardens.
SAVE THE BEES