Friday, June 21, 2013
honeybees and a busy week...
I was so excited the other day. I went out to cut back the flowers that had developed on one of my lettuce mixes I had planted, and to my utter delight, there was a honeybee buzzing around those flowers! (See pic number 2 above.) This has been the very first honeybee that I have seen so far this year! We've had lots of the bigger bumble bees, (pics 3 and 4 above) but not a single honeybee until the other day. I only cut half of the flowers (so we'd have the lettuce to eat) and kept the other half for the honeybees.
As much as it delighted me to see this single honeybee, it saddened me that honeybees are so rare to be seen anymore. This may not mean much to some people, but to a gardener, honeybees play such an essential part in the whole process. In fact, so much so that Brad and I are planning on getting honeybees, hopefully next year (as much as we'd love to this year we must pace ourselves!)
I've been playing single mom all week. Brad has been out in Illinois for training for work. So this week has been so busy, so very busy. Not only have I had all the inside duties, but I've also been doing all of the outside things (which is a lot this time of year.) I started mowing our yard yesterday. Mowed from 4pm until 8pm (with a little break for dinner), and I still have our whole backyard left. I really think that our yard has grown over the past few years. :) So that's on my list for today as well as many other things. Brad will be getting in late tonight, and we'll all be so excited to see him!
Well, I've got a busy day ahead so I best get started. Today is the first day of summer which means it's the longest day of the year, so get out there and enjoy it!