Bee Porn, It’s Purple

Posted: April 29, 2013 in Uncategorized

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Last year, we noticed less bees flitting around our veggies than the year before. Where were they? Ms. Marple’s chicken says it was Agribusiness in the garden with the nicotinoid pesticides. K. Who wants to argue with a chicken? We do not use pesticides; however, pesticide use elsewhere resulted in less bees in our gardens, too.

This year is a new year. There are bees everywhere. Mostly, they are doing obscene things to the borage flowers. Bees really, really, really seem to like borage. We have two sizeable borage plants this year. I grew them because the 8 year old desperately wanted some flowers. Borage-good on salads and a good beneficial. So, I thought, hey, why not? Turns out borage is bee crack. They LOVE it. So, our home gardens are flush with bee (X-rated) activity and our tomato plants and berry plants and squash plants are full of little fruits. Huzzah!

The garden plot? Oh, the sad, sad, bee-less G-rated garden plot. Not a one of us has seen a single bee at the plot. Flower numbers are down; fruit numbers are down. Looking for a bee is like looking for a bird in the Mojave Desert around Barstow. Hopeless. I thought, hey, bees sure seem to like borage…what else do they like? Turns out, bees love blue and purple flowers. Yay! So, we toodled up to Home Depot, and there were the bees. Hanging in the garden department, hovering, ahem, around blue and purple flowers. Almost exclusively.

Clearly, we need blue and purple flowers at the PLOT! Maybe we could entice bees over to the plot with the appropriate flowers. We picked lavender, which was covered with bees. Wow. Mexican heather, really, really covered with bees. An Officer and a Gentleman has nothing on this scene! We bought four varieties of purple flowered plants and put them into large pots. We’ll take them up to the plot tomorrow.

Here, bee, bee. Come check out the nice purple flowers…cue the tacky 1970’s porn music.

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Comments
  1. ocmetrofarm says:

    We took pots of blue and purple flowers to the plot today. And lo- saw our first bee at the plot, EVER. Flitting around the raised bed, eyeing the flowers…

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