Thistle and Bee
The Thistle is another flower we work so hard to keep out of our lawn and garden, we rarely stop to appreciate its beauty. The bees and Goldfinches love them, so I was pleased to find some growing next to the lake on our morning walk.
Came across a Bumblebee when photographing the thistle blooms, and he was kind enough to stick around till I got some good shots.
Two Summers ago, Bumblebees built a nest in our barn. I was concerned they would pose problems for us, and did some online searches. The first few pages only offered ways to kill them, but with some help from a beekeeper friend, I was able to learn that they are non-aggressive and would pose no risk to us or our animals. Also, they would not return to the same nest next year, so I did not have to worry about the nest growing larger each year.
Sure enough, they did not return to the barn the following summer, but did build just inside our garage. This year they are somewhere under the deck outside our back door. This door is in constant use, but the bees don’t seem at all concerned about us as we go in and out, and have not caused us any problems. With the shortage of honeybees, I am happy to have them around to pollinate my flowers. 🙂