To Bee, or not to Be? That is the Question.
When we returned home from our vacation last December we were informed by my step-daughter, who lives here on the property, “that we have a MAJOR PROBLEM”! She said that there is a huge Beehive in the yard. Now, I can understand her thinking that it might be a problem, since she has two young children that live here and play in the yard. Me, being an avid gardener instantly thought that I would need to investigate and research the issue before deciding if it was a problem or a blessing?
Once I saw where the hive was located, I was instantly torn about what to do. It was hanging in my garden from my Blood Red Trumpet Vine, not more than two feet from my young Avocado Tree that has yet to bear fruit. I could not have put it in a better place as far as my little Avocado Tree is concerned. The beehive was in my garden safely outside of the fenced kids play area, but it was only about 15 feet away, and only about 10 feet from the walkway to get to our house. I decided to watch the Bee’s for a while and do some research to see if it was safe to just leave them alone.
I learned a lot about Bees. Bees, birds and good bugs are all essential to help pollinate fruit and vegetable gardens. These European HoneyBees are not aggressive at all. I can get a foot or two from the hive and they do not even bother me, which means that they are not Africanized Honeybees. Phew, that was my first worry since Africanized Bees have been found here in Orange County, California before.
I’m thinking these Bee’s are actually a God send to my Garden. Unfortunately my husband, step-daughter, and father in-law were not on my side to keep the beehive. My husband contacted a local beekeeper to come see if he could remove the hive. The beehive remover guy wanted $150 to remove the hive back in December. Well, I guess I got lucky, because my hubby was too cheap to get it removed. Yay, that means I win!
This is how the Beehive looked when we first discovered it in mid December.
This is my big beautiful Beehive in all it glory 2 months later. If you look very closely you will see a bunch of dead Bees in the dried leaf that is hanging in front of the hive. I wonder if they go to the leaf to die?
This is the Avocado flowers that I want the Bees to Pollinate.
The Beehive is hanging from the woody vines of my Blood Red Trumpet Vine.
I love my Bees.
It’s been 2 months and not 1 Bee sting. I say Let them Be!