Our japonica bushes in front of the house are literally loaded with bees. You just walk by and you are in a cloud of 50+ bees. I have mostly Carpenter Bees which aren’t known for stinging (the males don’t even have stingers).
The plant is in it’s full glory right now and the bees are taking full advantage. I tried to take a survey of the type of bees on it. I saw about a hundred carpenter bees, 1 honeybee and 1 mason bee.
I’ve been exploring the possibility of getting a top bar beehive. I am very undecided at this point. This weekend is the Pennsylvania’s beekeepers’ (PENNAPIC) annual spring meeting and of all the good luck it is being held just a few miles from my home in Franklintown. I’m hoping this informational meeting aimed at beginners will help me decide one way or another if I want to get into it or not. My friend Glory is supposed to go with me, but I see on Facebook as I write this she is trying to weasel her way out. 😀
Some other blooms about the place this week: