It’s a Beeyootiful world…

Or it will be, if we stay friends with the bees.

Today is World Bee Day

Who knew (apart from the beekeepers among us)? It’s a global event, apparently. But I’m glad we have a day for the bees, without whom we would find it hard to feed ourselves. Do the little buzzy girls amongst us a favour: reduce pesticide use and plant flowers. Buy quality honey; some cheap honeys are simply flavoured syrups. Support small producers. And if you have the space and local regulations allow, why not keep a hive yourself? Bees are dying out and we needz beez.

And now, I’m off to celebrate with some toast and honey 🙂



27 thoughts on “It’s a Beeyootiful world…

  1. tialys says:

    Towards the end of last year we were thinking about keeping bees – even bought Mr. T. a book about it for Christmas. In the end we decided it’s not really the right time for us at the moment but, as I think you’ll have seen from photos I’ve posted of our garden, we are very bee-friendly gardeners.

    • katechiconi says:

      My brother and SIL took delivery of their first hive yesterday; my SIL is the bee-keeper of the family. They have 7 acres, including a large orchard of rare and unusual fruits and nuts in Somerset, so the bees will be doing sterling work there. I’ll be following their progress with interest. Here, it’s harder to keep bees. You need to ensure it’s permitted by the council and the primary production authorities for your area if you live in a residential area.

  2. claire93 says:

    the husband has all the necessary to keep bees, but in the last 4 years, hasn’t been able to find/buy a swarm. All our local beekeepers have been having a disastrous time.
    We continue to grow a totally organic garden though, with lots of flowers for bees.

    • katechiconi says:

      I wonder if it might be necessary to import them from elsewhere in the EU. My brother just took delivery of a hive with resident bees, so it seems to be possible in the UK.

      • claire93 says:

        husband was hoping to get French bees lol. He’s had his name down on waiting list with a local bee keeper for several years now, but antoehr year went by without any extra bees needing a home.

  3. KerryCan says:

    My grandfather kept bees a long time ago, before there was such a sense of urgency about it. I can’t see doing it myself but I will do other things to support and protect them–as you say, we needz them!

    • katechiconi says:

      I was first introduced to bee-keeping as a tiny girl by the old countryman who lived next door in a paradise of country cottage garden, chickens, fruit trees, vast vegie patch, and three hives. I learned then not to be frightened of bees, and wish I was allowed to keep bees here.

  4. kymlucas says:

    And here I am the beekeeper and bee blogger, and I didn’t know about this day! I will say, beekeeping is definitely more involved and much more interesting than I expected it to be! I spend at least part of each day watching them during their active seasons. It’s surprisingly calming. Thanks, Kate, for letting me know about this day.

  5. Nanette says:

    Thanks for the buzz! Always lots of bees in my garden and my neighbours have bee hives. I’m pretty lucky to enjoy their honey almost straight from the hive.

  6. nanacathy2 says:

    Mmmm honey for tea. I always wanted to keep bees but so expensive to set up, and my garden is too small. Thank goodness we sell local honey in the library.

  7. kathyreeves says:

    Bees abound here in SD! Honey production is a big deal in our state, and some of our bees travel by semi truck to ranches and pastures in different parts of the state! We have used local honey for the past six years to help my allergies. DH wants a hive, but we haven’t got there yet. He is quite intrigued with the FloHives invented in Australia! How cool that Bee Day is International!!

  8. rutigt says:

    I´m keeping a bug hotel and planning for more. Haven´t cut the lawn yet, too many flowers is blooming right now. We have a lot of Cowslips all over the place.

  9. We’ve been beekeepers for something like 18 years. Here in the US the catastrophic loss of bees continues to worsen, at least in our experience and those of other beekeepers we know. Interestingly urban beekeepers seem to have better luck keeping colonies alive through the winter. Agricultural chemicals and lawn chemicals no doubt. Every year we talk about it being our last, especially since we’re down to one hive now, but I hate to give up.

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