For the most part, I do almost everything related to fruit and vegetable plants here at the greenhouse, while my wife does all things having to do with flowers and flowering shrubs.
My first year as a beekeeper didn't wind down to a productive, fulfilling end as I had hoped - and even come to expect along the way.
Rather, it came to an abrupt, tragic end a couple of weeks ago when I noticed no activity at the hive.
I think it's just a natural step. I've been a gardener my whole life (thanks, Mom!). I've always seen bees buzzing around my plants and I've always known that more bees would only be a better thing - not a bad thing.
Wow, the bees are healthy and thriving! They are also getting a little more protective of their domain. But I do have to admit that I got careless and did a few things in a hurry that were not well thought out ...
This deer (assuming it's a doe) is always hanging around the beehive. She loves to just curl up there and watch the bees in the daytime. She also lets me move freely about while I'm working there, but never lets me closer than about 15 feet.
A great photo of a bee on a sunflower!