The Bee Tree

I was walking past my Peegee Hydrangia bush, which had grown to a very large size, and heard a distict buzzing noise. It was as though the entire bush was ready to ‘take off’. The humming was very loud. I looked at the flowers and noticed that upon each one were a variety of bees, hornets and wasps. I had never seen so many in one place. Every day I check back and there are hundreds of bees swarming the ‘bee tree’. We even saw the elusive honey bee. Oh, how happy that made me. The varieties were too numerous to count.

The Bee Tree (Peegee Hydrangia)
swarming with bees.

I don’t use pesticides in the yard so we have a lot of very interesting bugs, amphibians and birds. I also noticed a huge amount of toads and frogs in the yard this year. I love seeing the variety of critters that can thrive when the environment is inviting. Ours is a very friendly house for all the critters.


The Monarch Caterpillar

I really like milkweed. It smells heavenly. It started coming up in the front garden a few years ago and I started to see monarch butterflies. The other day, as I was walking into the garage – I noticed one beautiful monarch caterpillar munching on the milkweed.

Monarch catepillar on milkweed

Monarch caterpillar on milkweed

Monarch Catepillar munching on milkweed

Monarch Caterpillar munching on milkweed

Here is an interesting time-lapsed video (on YouTube) of a monarch caterpillar forming a chrysalis.

The Wise Old Talking Tree

We were hiking up Oberg Mountain in Northern MN and stumbled upon this ancient talking tree. He is the wisest tree on earth and will answer any and all questions.

9 bags of trash, a ladder, a shovel and a shoe

Trash pick up around the loop was successful as far as garbage collection goes. Our neighbor, Denise Webber and her son Michael, a 7th grader, showed up to help. That was 2 more than Buzz and I were counting on.

It took almost 2 hours to walk a 2 mile loop. We picked up everything in sight. Thank goodness Denise is very meticulous. She even stopped to pick up tiny pieces of glass on the sidewalk. She and her son were both tireless workers. I found it amazing that people throw out everything from beer bottles to food wrappers to old tires without a care in the world.

Thank you Denise and Michael for your help. You are both great!

Trash Pickup – April 27 – 10am

Buzz and I are going to pick up trash around the entire loop next Sunday. I did it one year and it really makes a difference. There is a lot of trash on the side of the road. Would you want to come with us? Do you know anyone who hates litter who would be interested in helping?

Basically, we would just walk around the loop and then come back for the bags.

If anyone is interested, please meet us at 10 am at 170th (dirt Rd by Donna Greens) with a couple large garbage bags.

I’m thinking it would be important to wear gloves and pants in case of poison ivy.