Posted: 30/05/2013 at 13:11
yes, the bee situation is a concern. last year our plum tree and damson tree only gave us a small yeild but the year before the damson tree was weighted down with the fruit. this year though, i did notice that not many bees were around when the trees were in blossem and then the wind came and the blossem was gone, so not very promising again.
however, my most favourite place to sit in my garden is in the front corner which is covered with the most beautifully scented clematis, which is out in full bloom during May. i sat there with my breakfast yesterday and was convinced that there must be a bees or wasps nest somewhere in it as the buzzing was so loud. it was so full of bees and hovers it was amazing. but i did notice that there were no bumble bees present, so i must take note when i do see one.
my grand-daughter and her partner live in north yorkshire and he used to work for a bee keeper up there. she bought him the full bee keeping kit for xmas and it has now arrived, so hopefully, i will be receiving some home produced honey very soon. will let you know more when it arrives. yummy.