My Garden ~ Plum Blossom and Bees

Hibernation is over – I can’t ignore the buzzing in my garden anymore.  The plum trees are smothered with blossom and bees each determined to get its quota of pollen. It’s a wonderful sight and this spring I’m looking with fresh eyes. Recently I was able to locate The Keeper of the Bees by Gene Stratton-Porter for my mother whose health is declining. It is a book she’d read long ago in her youth and one she wanted to read again. A soldier wounded during WWI looks outwards as he finds inner strength and peacefulness after he undertakes to care for the Bee Master’s bees.  As the garden is fruitful because of the bees so life becomes meaningful. I shouldn’t be surprised that spring is well and truly arrived here.  The harbinger daffodils have finished, but the calendula, broad beans, borage and lavender also planted as companion plants under my fruit trees are showing off their colours and too are exciting the bees. The buds on the apple, quince and peach trees are bursting – quite the visual feast. Which reminds me – I must get busy with camera.  

Planting an orchard is potentially one of the best investments you could ever make. It’s an investment in your health (keeping in mind that our current western shop diets contain only 3 of the 8 polysaccharides essential for a strong immune system and that they’re actually only present in tree ripened fruit!) and the health of your family, … it’s an investment in your mental, emotional and spiritual health, it’s an investment in the health and future of the planet.” Kay Baxter, 2002          

6 thoughts on “My Garden ~ Plum Blossom and Bees

  1. I’m just about coming to the end of my gardening year over here in the UK, so I’m slightly envious of hearing you describe your spring. I might have to keep popping over to see how you’re doing to keep me going through our dark (and no doubt damp) winter.

    (Hey Jackie – fancy seeing you here!!)

  2. Hi Nezzie and Jackie – good to see you. May be, Nezzie, this is why we blog – to keep a visual image for ourselves of spring happening somehwere in the world. Last night, I flew back from a four-day conference in Wellington (known for its southerly blustery and squally weather) and having also enjoyed picture postcard spring weather, botannical gardens, fashion festival and NZ symphony orchestra. While I was away, Himself alone in the north endured heavy weather, flooding – the stormy works. I haven’t dared venture into the garden. Jackie, I’m picking ‘busy’ will be the operative word.

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