It is about two years ago that bees started to show an interest in me. The bumble bees had always been there but then bees started to watch me out of holes in the stone wall of our house.
Big black bees that were very shy came to visit our Wisteria as soon as the first flowers appeared. They are too big to get inside the Wisteria to reach the nectar so they pierce the flower and take a short cut to the nectar.
But it was the ones that popped out of the grass to watch me when I was under our plum tree that really surprised me. It is a well known fact that bees live in a bee hive and make honey but these bees did not even look like bees should.
They like our black currant flowers. I watch the blackcurrant bushes in the spring waiting for them to flower because I know my special bees will be there. Spring is a special time in the garden as the willow and the fruit trees flower attracting so many bees. Too many for me to identify on my own. Perhaps this year I will be able to identify more – with some help.
Gardening took on a new aspect. It wasn’t just about planting stuff for the flowers – it was wondering what the flowers would attract. But I wanted more. I wanted to find out more about these bees. I wanted to find out about their life-cycles and what species they were (in my innocence).
Well, it’s not easy. Especially I have found my passion for bees is not common in this area of the Charente Maritime in France. Bee keepers know honey bees but are not necessarily interested in solitary bees. I am hoping that my blog will allow me to contact people with a similar passion to comfort and help each other discover more about bees.
Please feel free to leave comments and pointers, they are always welcome – I want to learn.