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Post  AtlantaMarie on 6/9/2015, 1:59 pm

My onion flowers & calendula are getting lots of visits.  And my bee balm is starting to bloom!

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Post  camprn on 6/9/2015, 2:08 pm

My 100,000 honeybees don't hang around my yard for the flowers much, only the water dishes. Shocked

There are a lot of bumbles missing this year.

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Post  Marc Iverson on 6/9/2015, 4:02 pm

@Triciasgarden wrote:I have been seeing lots of bees this year. It is nice to know of their importance and instead of worrying about being stung, I just give them their space and am grateful for them visiting my yard and garden.

That's how I feel too. I have to get right in among the plants they're feeding on to water the plants, and they don't seem bothered by it. If anything, the water draws them to wherever I'm spraying.

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Post  camprn on 6/9/2015, 5:14 pm

@Marc Iverson wrote:
@Triciasgarden wrote:I have been seeing lots of bees this year.  It is nice to know of their importance and instead of worrying about being stung, I just give them their space and am grateful for them visiting my yard and garden.

That's how I feel too.  I have to get right in among the plants they're feeding on to water  the plants, and they don't seem bothered by it.  If anything, the water draws them to wherever I'm spraying.
they like the water and need it just like the plants and other ànimals.

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Post  yolos on 6/9/2015, 6:18 pm

@camprn wrote:My 100,000 honeybees don't hang around my yard for the flowers much, only the water dishes. Shocked

There are a lot of bumbles missing this year.
You must have sent the bumble bees down here.  They are all over my borage, cosmos and sunflowers.

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Post  Kelejan on 6/9/2015, 7:30 pm

@Marc Iverson wrote:
@sanderson wrote:For those of us in bee-barren areas, it is such a joy to see a bee on something we planted.  One flower, one bee at a time.  Very Happy  

Yeah, I get a kick out of it.  Like I'm being a successful foster daddy to the bees.

I agree with you, Marc, except I feel like a foster-mommy.
I am only seeing a bee here, and a bee there.  Must be solitaries.

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Post  Windmere on 6/9/2015, 11:43 pm

Ah me, I did not notice this post prior to bringing back the thread about pollinator havens.  Anyway, camprn, I have to agree with yolos about the bumble bees... I also have an abundance of them (I live just north of yolos).

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Post  camprn on 6/10/2015, 10:44 am

@yolos wrote:
@camprn wrote:My 100,000 honeybees don't hang around my yard for the flowers much, only the water dishes. Shocked

There are a lot of bumbles missing this year.
You must have sent the bumble bees down here.  They are all over my borage, cosmos and sunflowers.
That would have been my choice but alas, winter was brutally long, and hard, and killed many.

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Post  Goosegirl on 7/19/2015, 6:25 am

Yesterday when I was out killing myself in the yard I noticed that I have LOTS of bees visiting my sunflowers!  There were so many that I didn't get close enough to try to see what kind, but YAY for BEES!!!


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Post  AtlantaMarie on 7/19/2015, 8:19 am

WOO-HOO!!  hyper    hyper    hyper

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Post  sanderson on 7/19/2015, 9:11 am

At least someone has bees!

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Post  CitizenKate on 7/19/2015, 10:25 am

@Goosegirl wrote:Yesterday when I was out killing myself in the yard I noticed that I have LOTS of bees visiting my sunflowers!  There were so many that I didn't get close enough to try to see what kind, but YAY for BEES!!!


I start to feel some joy, too, when I see bees showing interest in something I planted.  I discovered another plant that attracts bees this year when I found a bunch of them buzzing around my cucumber blossoms.  It wasn't just the occasional one or two I was seeing around the marigolds last year - whichever one that first discovered them brought a few friends on the next visit!  They're usually there every morning now.

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Post  donnainzone5 on 7/19/2015, 11:20 am

Bees are in heaven in my front yard!

I planted two monardae, a Rose Queen Salvia, Borage, and catmint.  The bees also buzz around the delphinia, roses, and clover, not to mention some of the blossoms on my food plants.

I've even seen two or three bumblebees.   Very Happy

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Post  greatgranny on 7/19/2015, 3:54 pm

A former neighbor, who had a bee farm next door, has now decided to give the business to his son.  He lives about 6 miles from here and has permission from the owners of his old homestead to leave a couple of hives.  Wow, the bees are having a ball.  Lots of clover and bee balm.  I leave the clover grow near the garden even though it makes that area look rugged.

Also get some raw honey when he is done extracting.  Can't get any better than that.  Helps my allergies.

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Post  Scorpio Rising on 7/19/2015, 5:04 pm

Oh yeah, I am definitely seeing bees of all varieties, bumbles, honeybees, and little quick hover bees. In fact, while picking the patty pans today, I disturbed one fella who made his dissatisfaction known in no uncertain terms! I was glad I got out of his way ASAP! lol

They love my zinnias, and echinachea, and my lantana, too. The hummingbirds like the lantana, as well as my loosestrife, Buddleia, and the bumblebees seem to gravitate to the hollyhocks.

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Post  Goosegirl on 7/19/2015, 5:27 pm

I think I am seeing mostly Bumbles, but they are certainly welcome!  I threw a package of clover seeds across my lawn last year, and this year I have it blooming everywhere.  Come and get it, buzzers!

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Post  Scorpio Rising on 7/19/2015, 5:48 pm

@Goosegirl wrote:I think I am seeing mostly Bumbles, but they are certainly welcome!  I threw a package of clover seeds across my lawn last year, and this year I have it blooming everywhere.  Come and get it, buzzers!

Right, GG! I have left a bunch of rogue clover in my perennial bed, love clover, actually. I remember pulling the little tiny florets out as a child and sucking the nectar out into my mouth...bet kids don't know you can do that.. .I will fix that with 2 right now!

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Post  sanderson on 2/7/2016, 2:11 pm

I pulled back the bridal tulle this morning to allow these bees to get to the broccoli flowers.  I love snapping off the tender stems and eating the flowering heads.  They are sweet!

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Post  Scorpio Rising on 2/7/2016, 2:25 pm

SFG, good for everyone! Go little bees!

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Post  plantoid on 2/7/2016, 3:51 pm

Sorry no bees this week gone ,   yet again the only thing I've seen today are rain drops , massive rain drops , stinging hail like big marrow fat peas , sleet & big wet sloppy snow flakes .
Couldn't you guys have kept it over on your side of the pond for a change ? Laughing

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Post  sanderson on 2/7/2016, 4:35 pm

I tried to keep the rain in California, but it escaped. Shocked

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Post  plantoid on 2/8/2016, 4:36 am

@sanderson wrote:I tried to keep the rain in California, but it escaped. Shocked
  Laughing Me like that .. if I repeat it twice , can I claim ownership ? Wink

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Post  sanderson on 5/24/2016, 4:30 pm

Just something unusual. http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/2073804-20000-bees-chase-around-a-car-for-days-after-queen-bee-gets-trapped-inside/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=all&utm_term=3453&utm_campaign=regular-post

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Post  yolos on 5/24/2016, 5:52 pm

Pretty funny Sanderson.  I got stung by a bee today.  I was watering the garden and the aisles were wet and the bees were flying around the aisle trying to soak up some water.  One must have gotten angry or threatened and stung me on the leg.  I need to buy them a large water reservoir to sit near their hive.  The one I put out there keeps drying up a couple times a day.

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Post  Scorpio Rising on 5/24/2016, 6:03 pm

That is crazy!

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