So many stories......so little time.....
So with such a family heritage and history, John leapt at the chance to get back into the raising and caring for bees. He, and two co-workers who had no clue on beekeeping, purchased two hives to begin with and have added 4 more since then. It's probably like tattoos, once you get just one there is no stopping. At least with our small backyard, two is about all it can support, and not alarm the neighbors. Unless one can continue to build up, like high-rises.....oh dear!
We both love our bees, me at a distance, and he up close and personal!
I am definitely more in tune with the non-stinging, non-buzzing inhabitants of the garden but the bees are growing on me......not literally, silly!
This year, John and I went through the North Texas Master Naturalist Program and learned so much. What an extraordinary world we live in and there are so many great places in the DFW area for the naturalist to enjoy! I had no idea of the hidden treasures so close to home.
One of our projects was to create a trunk with information about Pollinators to be used for educational purposes, which has inspired us even more to develop the perfect habitat for all the pollinators we can draw in.
There are so many great plants that are native or adapted for this area that are essential for the survival of us and the pollinators. Here are a few that we have been able to add to our yard.
Echinacea & Lanceleaf Coreopsis
Milkweed and Helenium
Mystic Spires Salvia, Calyophus, & Phlox
Scabiosa & Basil
Zinnias and Salvia
And oh so many more!
And here are some of the daily visitors to our never quiet, always something going on garden.
"I love you and never want to let you go!"
"I don't need no stinking straw, I brought my own"
And the really cool thing is how so much of nature takes care of its own problems. Some of our plants became infested with aphids so here comes the mighty ladybug, lays her eggs, that become larvae....that love to eat all the little aphids and voila!
It is so nice to have so much life happening all around us, in a beautiful setting! Please take the time, next time you're outside, to breathe and smell deeply and see all the wonders of the world. And come over and visit some time. There's just so much more to see in person!