• Put yourself in the shoes of a commercial beekeeper

    Looking at the honey bee problems from a commercial beekeepers perspective.

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  • Honeybees Need You to Eat Organics

    Pesticide use is threatening honeybees’ survival – deaths are on the rise and honey production dropping Honeybees are crucial pollinators responsible for every third bite on our dinner plate. A recent survey revealed that our humble honeybees are sicker than ever. Honeybee deaths this year were much higher than last year. And last year marked […]

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  • Delightful Doublefile Viburnum ‘Shasta’ – A Beloved Bee Plant to add to your Bee Garden

    Plant a Doublefile Viburnum ‘Shasta’ for your bee neighbors Graceful, elegant and generous are but a few of the words that spring to mind when describing Doublefile Viburnum, (V. plicatum var. tomentosum); one of the most delightful species in my absolute favorite genus of woody plants. She is an important source of pollen and nectar […]

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  • It is a Strange and Beautiful World

    Manmade stone beehives unnoticed for centuries in Scotland’s Rosslyn Chapel. “It is a strange and beautiful world.” — Roberto, the Italian tourist in Jim Jarmusch’s quirky 1986 movie, Down by Law Rosslyn Chapel is a medieval church in Scotland originally made famous because of the beauty of its architecture and storied history.  It began experiencing […]

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  • Plight of the Dwindling Honeybee

    The urgent need to support organic initiatives and save the bees Each spring, during my childhood, I planted trees with my dad and my brother, and the bees always intrigued us. Last year, in late June, I finished “The Incomparable Honeybee;” I was cautiously optimistic that the overall death rate amongst honeybees was trending downward. […]

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  • Letters to the Melissae – Storytelling the Bees

    Letters to the Melissae is a series of posts on the spiritual, mythological and folkloric legacy of the ancient relationship between honeybees and human beings. In Ancient Greek mythology and religion, the term Melissae sometimes referred to honey nymphs (also called Meliae) and later became a term that also encompassed several sects of priestess, including […]

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  • Nature is Quite Forgiving

    Reflections on Nature and Recovery I walked to the back 40 this morning with my two teenage sons and our very excited family dog to pick blackberries. As I reached into the thorny bush to gently massage a clump of juicy ripe berries, I was struck with the thought of how quickly nature heals herself […]

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  • Bee poems: Oh, for a bee’s experience of clovers and of noon! (A bee poem by Emily Dickinson)

    THE BEE by Emily Dickinson Like trains of cars on tracks of plush I hear the level bee: A jar across the flowers goes, Their velvet masonry Withstands until the sweet assault Their chivalry consumes, While he, victorious, tilts away To vanquish other blooms.

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  • Butterfly Weed (Aesclepias Tuberosa): Bold, Beautiful and the Life of the Midsummer Garden Party

    Bring color and bees to your garden with the Butterfly Weed Oh to be a butterfly! Just imagine fluttering upon the delightful butterfly weed blossom; saturated in golden-orange color and loaded with sweet nectar. What a feast! Why I’d flit from flower to flower, happily sharing precious pollen with hovering hummingbirds and buzzing bees, from […]

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  • Leave Me the Birds and the Bees, Please

    Italy bans the use of neonicotinoid pesticides to protect bees. “Hey farmer, farmer, put away your DDT.  I don’t care about spots on my apples.  Just leave me the birds and the bees, please.” Big Yellow Taxi, Joni Mitchell Did you see this little news item that ran back in May:  “Italy Bans Pesticide for […]

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