Lavender Days

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Ten years ago, right next to the back door, I planted a couple of lavender plants…these days, although they have become a bit old and ragged they never fail to produce a multitude of flowers, rich in nectar which, in turn attract swarms of bees to entertain me as I soak in the hot afternoon sun.

In recent years we have unfortunately seen a decline in the number of bees which makes these “lavender days” even more special and joyful as I watch them for hours as they busily buzz from flower to flower…I marvel at their constant activity, I laugh when they occasionally fly into one another and just immerse myself in this fleeting moment where everything seems almost perfect.

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15 responses

  1. Such beautiful photos! I do love lavender, not only does it look beautiful it also smells lovely! Have you tried lavender tea?

    August 10, 2013 at 11:15 pm

    • Thank you Janaline! I don’t think I have ever tried lavender tea…but I love the smell too, thats why I planted it next to the kitchen door. 😉

      August 10, 2013 at 11:37 pm

  2. I do not think I have ever seen such beautiful bees. So golden is their fur… 🙂 Funny how times have changed so seriously, that the old ones look at simple bees doing their work, and wonder how much longer they will survive… a very beautiful and touching post. Everything you have written feels very real, and I appreciate sharing this beautiful moment in time with you…

    August 11, 2013 at 2:37 am

    • Thank you Cissy! 😀 It is all very real!…often in the evenings I find the bees half asleep with their head stuck in a flower…they work so hard…which is a benefit for everybody. 😉 The more wild flowers, the better it is for the bees…a lot of the mass produced flowers we find in our garden centres (although they may look beautiful) are of little use to the bees… Less tidy gardens and a total ban on neonicotinoid pesticides will be the only way to turn this situation around in my opinion.

      August 11, 2013 at 4:04 pm

      • They recently did a study on the east coast soil of New England I believe and found massive amounts of all kinds of pesticides, more than they ever feared at the worst… Neonics… are just the first to be targeted, I guess..It’s getting rather bleak for the likes of us down here in the bowels of political chaos – but one must do what one can… I will never touch nor support any company or enterprise that has anything whatsoever to do with herbicides or pesticides… Obama just signs anything now, without remembering what he said before the election… wow….

        August 12, 2013 at 8:11 am

      • Indeed…planting nectar rich flowering plants and boycotting all pesticides is all we can do at the end of the day…and learn to love what conventional gardening calls “weeds”. 😉

        August 12, 2013 at 4:38 pm

      • Yes, I like all plants, even some pretty weeds when they flower, I went out and watered yesterday, the sun is so brutal here now… still dreaming of a greenhouse, getting closer every day… to what… Not sure! haha love ya, be sweet, love your work… great lovely poet you are…

        August 12, 2013 at 9:42 pm

  3. Ed

    WOW! Excellent bee shots..:-))

    August 11, 2013 at 1:04 pm

  4. Beautiful……I love bee photos. Thanking you for liking my pied wagtail, glad you did, now I can follow your wonderful photos 🙂

    August 12, 2013 at 8:11 am

    • Thank you Lynne! I’m glad you stopped by. 😀

      August 12, 2013 at 4:29 pm

  5. Una Bella Serie, Muy Bien Enfocadas, Me Gusta Su Nitidez…. Un Saludo

    August 17, 2013 at 7:35 pm

    • Gracias Jose! ☺ Gracias por su visita.

      August 17, 2013 at 8:51 pm

  6. Great pics of your bees and lavender plants. I’m always putting bees into my paintings. I started making my own natural tea fertilizer from my compost pile a number of years ago. I’m also trying to stay away from the pesticides and get used to more of the weeds.

    August 31, 2013 at 12:32 am

    • Thank you Michelle! ☺ Well done for giving up the pesticides too! 😀

      August 31, 2013 at 1:32 pm

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