New Year, New Dawn

Happy New Year 2019 everyone As I have been doing since my childhood, on the first day of the year: I wake up early to watch the first sunrise. And, for the past few years, on the morning of January 1st, I also capture an image of the sunrise. No matter how pretty or moody the sky... Continue Reading →

Hibiscus

The Color Of Summer Staying away from social media for almost two months proved very productive.  I don't mean to offend anyone who has been reading my blog or bloggers I've been following but I needed time to reflect, get things done and read books.  I did get a lot of things done, have read... Continue Reading →

After the Swarm

A Successful Split One of our hives swarmed last month.  It wasn't a surprise, but I didn't expect them to do it this early since the weather has been seesawing with cold temperatures, rain or wind.  I put off inspection of the hives because of the weather.  I knew from the last inspection that the... Continue Reading →

Happy Birthday Anton Janša (1734-1773), the first teacher of modern beekeeping by Ron Miksha

More information on World Bee Day.

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World Bee Day was initiated in Slovenia, Europe, and has been quickly catching around the world. For example, German Chancellor Angela Merkel concluded a major speech Wednesday with a rousing endorsement of World Bee Day, telling members of the Bundestag to do something good for the bees:

“I want to finish with something that some may consider insignificant but is actually very important: on May 20 is the first World Bee Day. On this day we should really think about biodiversity and do something good for the bees.”

World Bee Day became World Bee Day after a successful campaign by the country of Slovenia (Anton Janša’s birthplace) to promulgate the message. Their petition to the United Nations was accepted in December 2017, so this year marks the first official World Bee Day.  I’ve been following (and promoting World Bee Day) ever since I heard the effort was…

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Primrose

Beauty With Low Maintenance When crocuses and daffodils start to fade, primroses take the baton and continue running, coloring our garden.  I've been planting different colors of primrose in our garden for the last few years and continue to look for new colors every year.  There are many types of primrose but not many are... Continue Reading →

Snowed In

And More To Come A snow storm hit us again today, starting about 5:00 AM.  It was very peaceful because no one was out, the town plows didn't bother to come around early and not a snow blower in sight.  It was the type with big fluffy flakes falling down early on then became very... Continue Reading →

Happy Holidays

Where Ever You Are... No matter what holiday you are celebrating or none at all, I wish you good health and happiness.   And wealth?  I would like to quote Henry David Thoreau on that one "...a man is rich in proportion to the number of things which he can afford to let alone." (Walden)

Poison Ivy

Never Be Too Careful My first rule of thumb for working in the garden is learning to identify what is poisonous.   Luckily, most snakes in this temperate climate are non-poisonous.  I already know spiders and centipedes can cause pain.  However when it comes to plants and fungi in this climate, I still need to learn... Continue Reading →

Blue Moon

Yes, It's a Blue Moon Tonight Tonight, August 31, 2012, is a Blue moon night.  No, the moon is not in blue color but it is a second full moon in a calendar month.  The first full moon in August was on the 2nd.  Usually, there is only one full moon per month.  The next... Continue Reading →

The Jasmine Effect

Bringing a Smile to Stranger's Faces This blog has nothing to do with either growing or using jasmine, but I want to share a wonderful experience I had today. I have a long train commute between work and home, but I don’t find it a waste of time for the hour and fifteen minutes I... Continue Reading →

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