My teeny tiny native bees bring us so much joy. It is such a calming thing to sit on the grass and watch them go about their work. I love to go down in the early morning, when the sun lights up the entrances to their hives, and watch as the first bees take flight into the morning.
Our hives face north-east so they "catch" rays of warm, early morning sunshine.
(Those warming rays are a signal for the bees to start work.)
A hive of activity!
(The busy entrance to one of our hives.)
Busy little native bees don't fly as far as honeybees to collect their pollen. Our native bees don't have to fly very far at all! They are very happy among some choice blossoms in our garden only a very short flight from the little entrances to their hives.
Here are three of their favourites:
The tiny blossoms of Alyssium are just right for a tiny native bee.
The tall flowering spikes of Basil planted just outside their hives.
The beautiful star-shaped blue flowers of Borage are a favourite too.
These plants are growing just a few steps away from where our little native bees live. The Alyssium forms part of the border planting for my veggie patch, borage is growing at the back of my veggie patch and the basil is planted just outside their "front doors". Native bee heaven!
Growing these plants is an open invitation to these beautiful, tiny bees to spend time in our garden. In doing so, they help to pollinate our veggies but also provide a source of endless fascination. Something soothing and calming happens to one's spirit when watching these special little creatures.
Have a lovely weekend.