The Bees’ Knees In Vibrancy


This is one my favourite photos. If you look hard you can even see the bees’ wings vibrating. And yes, for those who come here often, I know I’ve posted it a few times before. But isn’t it joyous – hot red, buzzing bees, sunshine.

And how about bees in the sneeze weeds (aka Heleniums)


Or the bee on this sunflower that was growing last summer in a pot by the shed:


All of which is to say we need to keep thinking about bees. We cannot do without them. They pollinate many of the plants that provide us with essential foods.  In the northern hemisphere new seeds are coming into the shops, so we can all think about sowing some bee-friendly flowers. You don’t need a garden. A pot of oregano will please them, and make you happy too when you’re making spaghetti sauce.


And then sedums will provide a valuable late summer nectar boost for honey bees. There are many varieties of this plant – large and small. They don’t need much attention and will grow in containers too:


If you want to find out which plants are bee friendly, there are many bee sites on the web. But for local first-hand information ask your local beekeepers society. There will be one. Meanwhile the Royal Horticultural Society provides some useful guidance if you want to give your life and bee-life lots more buzz.


Happy Wednesday Wherever You Are


41 thoughts on “The Bees’ Knees In Vibrancy

  1. What an uplifting post for a grey rather cold February day. Your photographs of the bees are fantastic…and yes we must all do everything we can to keep our been population alive and well….without them we cannot exist. Thank you, Tish. 🙂

  2. This, what a stunning collection … And we do need bees and the right plants help. I’ve been delighted her to notice that we seem to be getting more than we’ve had a few years, which might have been due to our five year drought. I don’t know if we’re through that but we have been getting a fair amount of rain as yet. Time will tell if it’s enough to pull us out. Tish, “The BeZine” theme for February is “All God’s Creatures” … I would love to include this if it works for you. I think I already have your bio. If it would be okay, would you let me know at Include the link. I can pull it down so you don’t have to include the narrative or photos. Thank you. Let me know … and Thank you! for giving bees the right-up they deserve and us a reminder. J.

  3. Unlike, Mak, I have never encountered an angry bee. Maybe the species we get at the Ark’s spot are different?
    But I feel quite safe standing shoulder deep among the cosmos merrily snapping away while the bees go about their business.

    We dont get the species in your photos down here.
    I read somewhere that a few studies have shown that introducing non local species to an area in an effort to thwart or offset radical destruction of local bee populations has in some cases had negative results, with the introduced species almost completely supplanting the locals.

    We do so like to meddle, do we not?

    1. Yes, too much meddling on too many fronts, I’d say. En passant of which, I read the other day that in the US, GM alfalfa has, contrary to its developers’ expections gone wild, and causing lots of expensive problems to non GM alfalfa farmers.

  4. Beautifully captured, Tish. We’re in the middle of a particularly overcast period — it’s called winter — and photos with such vibrant colors are greatly appreciated.

    1. Over this side of the Atlantic we’re getting very surprised if we see the sun at all. All this El Nino effect is a bit lowering. Glad the pix added a bit of light.

  5. These are so vibrant and so perfectly captured. I wish I had seen them sooner. I agree with you, Tish. This is certainly one of your most attractive and smile provoking posts.

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