Wednesday, 28 December 2011

Bee visits.....

 Whilst working in the garden today, I noticed a queen bee on the heather.     Woken from her slumber due to mild weather, nectar was on her mind.
 There are plenty of blooms around.     I know I often speak of the joys of Mahonia but it really is one of the most beautiful shrubs you can have in a winter garden.   The bright yellow blooms bring light on dark days and the perfume is sweet and intoxicating.    There were several honeys bees amongst the flowers today.
Primroses surround the old apple tree, making a pretty scene.    Thinking that Spring has arrived they are blooming away merrily.

What a strange year it has been.........my garden seems to be in a state of confusion.

16 comments:

Lisa at Greenbow said...

What a wonderful sight. A bee in December. WOW. All of these blooms are a sight for these winter sore eyes. It is just the beginning of winter too. I found a dandelion in the front lawn. Yay.... That little spot of yellow is much appreciated.

Liz said...

Hi Cheryl,

No Bees here, although I did think I saw one the other day but passed it off as something being blown by the wind.

It's been quite warm, but also windy so I imagine the Bees are staying safe.

Wendy said...

How wonderful to come upon a bee in December! Sorry if your garden is confused, but I enjoy visiting and seeing your lovely blooms.
Hugs

BilboWaggins said...

Mrs Bee shouldn't have been out but thankfully your beautiful garden has plenty of food for her.

Hope you have had a lovely Christmas, very best wishes for 2012.

Cheryl said...

Hi Lisa,

I love dandelions...I would not want them everywhere, but I do allow a few my grass. Bumbles love them.

Cheryl said...

Hi liz,

I have seen several queen bee this December.

It was windy yesterday but she did not seem to worry....either that, or she really needed food.

Cheryl said...

Hi Wendy,

Always lovely to see the bees but I must confess to being a little concerned for her. It is not an ideal situation but at least I have food for her.

Cheryl said...

Hi Bilbo,

I do worry when I see the bees waking from hibernation too early but know they can find enough food in this garden to survive :)

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Orchids and Nature said...

That's a first for me to see a bee in late December, lucky you had some food available with some of your garden plants in flower.
Nothing like that up here in Lancashire but my first snowdrops are opening.

Cheryl said...

Well my friend, this is not unusual for me. If the climate is mild I often see queen bee's in December :)

Snowdrops.....no sign of mine.
That is early, is it not??

Q said...

Oh Dear heart....a Queen Bee! Nice to see her. Your gardens are lovely in December. It is mild here but the only blooms I have are in my house. It has been a very strange year indeed. Too warm really at my house. We need the snow and cold....
Your photographs are also lovely....
I do miss the bees and butterflies....
I have lots of birds. They depend on me I think....loss of habitat.
Going back to look at your Queen. It is wonderful you have blooms for her.
Happy 2012....
Sherry

Cheryl said...

Dear Sherry,

My heart nearly stops beating when I see a queen bee. Though I have seen many, she always has the same affect on me
I could hear her gentle bzzzz as she worked the flowers.
I took just one photograph, and sat with her for ten minutes as she fed from the heather.

Bless the bees......

Hedgewitch said...

Hello Cheryl ... its made my day to see your beautiful photographs and hear what's happening in your garden... love those primroses peeping out from under the leaf litter blanket under the tree, like little babies peeping out from their mother's skirts :-)
Lots and lots of love to you and hope and light for a new year xxx

Cheryl said...

Tku Hedgewitch...

I hope 2012 holds all your dreams and more, my friend.

Love and light

Rose said...

How nice to see a bee in December! We had a few unusually warm days last week, too, but now it's back to the cold. I noticed one of the year-end news articles the other day was headlined "Weird Weather Year." Thinking back, it was a strange year for weather in so many ways including so many strong storms in many places. Here's hoping 2012 is more "normal."