This post is full of pictures of two things I have very little experience with: bees and lavender. I love honey and know a little bit about bees from various homesteading books I have, but I have never had the opportunity be around bees in a great number. As for the lavender, I have wrongly hated it for years, having only smelt the fake drugstore lotions drowned in “lavender fragrance”. However, since moving to this house I have spent an enormous time with both the bees and the flowers.
On a daily basis we go out to see the bees to observe their work and listen to their humming. The most astonishing thing to me is that they could care less about us being there. S often will put her face right into the stalks of flowers to smell them with bees buzzing all around her. I found V once attempting to pet a bee. I gently dissuaded her from doing so by showing her that they were busy at work and we did not want to mess up their rhythm.
I’ve found myself now more then ever wanting to keep bees, feeling no fear with so many bees flying around. They feel so docile like the butterflies that join them in collecting nectar. I think I need to start taking notes about what the bees do while they are on the flowers and see where they go when they leave.
The other day I harvested three bunches of lavender and will dry them for use in scrub salts, pillow sachets, and for cooking. And I’ll most likely make this again.
Tell me about your love or hate of lavender and bees.
***Oh yes, two of my favorite bloggers teamed up to bring you one AWESOME summer projects magazine. Check out Alphabet Glue’s Summer Science Special. We’ll be making all of the projects in there, because I think they are too fun!