Friday, 28 May 2010

Sans bees?

Where the bee sucks, there suck I. (Shakespeare, The Tempest 1611)

Except I can't because I can't find any, let alone enough to make my soul sing.

We have lost 30% of our bees, and whilst I took these photos, I only saw one, crawling slowly along the path.
On QI (TV programme in UK) I heard that if you give a flagging, sleepy, bee some honey, it recovers and carries on it's way.  So when I saw the dying one crawling along the path, I went in search of honey. I didn't have any, so I gave it a dollop of raspberry jam instead. It worked like a dream, and in future, I shall keep honey just to feed to exhausted bees.

Please remember this, and do the same if you can. Save a bee, and be merry.


  1. We had a bumble bee nest in our garden last year they made their home under the shed.
    I have not seen them this year yet.
    Your garden is lovely.

  2. The WestCountryBuddha7 June 2010 at 08:46

    I'd love bees to nest in the garden, and actually went out and bought 2 bee houses...but no takers! Not the right neighbourhood obviously. But there are a few more around now than when I posted this.

    Thank you for your kind words about the garden...I never did get round to showing you the bit with the raised bed did I? Next time?

  3. Thankfully I seem to have seen loads this year so far... they seem to like pyracantha (I don't, its thorns always seem to catch me whenever I'm within a few feet of it!). So maybe yours have migrated over to South Wales...

  4. The WestCountryBuddha8 June 2010 at 08:47

    Possibly Liz! It's getting a bit better now, but the garden is full of flowers and it's worrying to see how few bees and hoverflies there are.

  5. I shall have to keep an eye out and see how many bees we get in the garden. There have been a few but I haven't really been paying attention. I've done the honey on a spoon thing with sleepy bees in the past and it works. It's a great feeling to see them fly away.

  6. The WestCountryBuddha9 June 2010 at 08:59

    It's like magic isn't it? There's a few more around now...dodging the showers!