Thursday, June 19, 2014

Worrisome Days


When I was a kid, there were various bee trees in the area, and the little white clovers in the lawn and pasture would be covered with bloom and honey bees. Then came mites and other problems. No bee trees survive long these days. Personally, I don't know of a one. Few people keep bees anymore, either, it has become such a bother. Behind where my wife parks her car, outside the house, is a small patch of white clover about 30 feet across. When I was a kid, it would have been swarming with honey bees. Looking around today, I could count only about a half-dozen. I wondered how far they'd come to work it. I realize that honey bees aren't native, but neither are many of our essential crops that depend on them. These are worrisome days, folks. © 2014


deborah harvey said...

hi. we have lots of clover. husband saw 2 bees one day.
i told him that you should be able to hear the yard hum with bees all day long.
it may be part of God's punishment for this wicked baby-murdering country.
you cannot rip limb from limb, with no anaesthetic, millions of babies without God's wrath being expressed.
everything that is happening is the reaping of the whirlwind since we have certainly been sowing the wind for decades.
and this is just the beginning if the nation does not repent.
deb h.

Sunnybrook Farm said...

I saw on TV so I don't know if I should believe it because it is the same network that constantly lies about most other things, but anyway they said that bees in the pollution of the cities are doing better than the ones exposed to agriculture. The GMO poison crops and additional new poisons sprayed on them are taking their toll on bees but the city area just has ornamental bushes and flowers. The government run network stopped short of blaming the real culprit, the government who encourages this agriculture which isn't sustainable.

Chickenmom said...

So thankful we have local bee keepers and they sell all that delicious honey! It's very, very expensive but worth every penny!

Pumice said...

You also have the migration of the African bees. I don't know if that is a real problem or another example of media hype.

Grace and peace.

Kathy Felsted Usher said...

Fortunately there are a lot of beekeepers out here. We're getting hives from our neighbor, they are focusing on raising goats and will be into hogs too. We are researching pesticides too that won't harm bees. I hear they travel about 6 miles maybe. A guy up the way is planting a field of elderberries and I stopped to talk to him the other day. A beekeeper has hives right there too so I hope they will visit my elderberry too.

Sixbears said...

I get them here, sometimes in good numbers, but there are bee keepers close by. I buy their honey to help keep them in business. We aren't a big agriculture area using a lot of pesticides, so that probably helps.

Mamahen said...

The truth is, if the bees go...we won't be far behind! Seems those who know this aren't in a position to do much about it and those who could, either are to stupid to know or to greedy to care.

Harry Flashman said...

Pioneer Preppy is a bee keeper .He seems to be doing ok, but he lives way out in the country.

Gorges Smythe said...

I think you've hit the nail squarely on the head, dh.

I tend to believe it, SF.

I used to keep bees, myself, Cm; wish I still did.

It's real, Pumice, but I don't think they can come above the lower tier of states due to cold winters.

Elderberries are native, Kathy, so while they may have higher production with plenty of honey bees, they aren't required.

I'm sure it DOES help, Sixbears.

I'm not convinced we'll go, Mh, but our eating habits will certainly have to change.

I'm sure that's a blessing, HF.

Bob Mc said...

I have blackberries, raspberries, a peach tree, and a few vegetables in a small container garden. I see some honey bees around, but not in the numbers that there used to be. There are native bees though; some bumble bees and a smaller bee that somewhat resembles a bumble bee but half the size or smaller. There seem to be plenty to take care of pollination, but they are not the honey producers that the honey bees are.

Gorges Smythe said...

No, Bob, I've tasted bumble-bee honey, and it's nothing special.

Warren said...

Do you ever read American Free Press? They just had a story of 23,000 bees dying in one area. Government (not sure if that is all good news, though :)is finally calling for action to figure out what is happening.

Gorges Smythe said...

No, I don't, Warren, but perhaps I should!