I became a new beekeeper this spring because I love bees. And I’m a gardener. After setting up my new, expensive hobby, I expected my bees to visit my garden. It’s right outside their doorstep. How convenient. And such a variety for them to choose from.
But, no. In and out of their hive and right past the garden. All summer long. As I worked the garden, I had all other kinds of visitors including bumblebees, mason bees, solitary bees, butterflies, moths, and hummingbirds. Hmmm…do my honeybees think they are too good for us?
Then, yesterday I saw them. On my marigolds. Here it is October and they are finally coming around. It was the high point of my day.
And have I got stung yet? Yep, but it was totally unexpected and I wasn’t even working the hive. I saw a bee on the ledge of the hive that was struggling. I looked a little closer to see what was up when a bee from inside the hive came flying out just to get me. And she got me. Right in the face. I removed the stinger, wiped the area with apple cider vinegar, and put ice on it and later honey. Yes, honey. It worked. When my husband came home, he couldn’t even see where I was stung until I pointed it out.
Anyhoo, I’m hoping my honeybees continue to work my flowers. They need to keep gathering until the cold hits us all. It will be here before we know it.