719. His Labor a Chant – his idleness – a Tune – oh, for a Bee’s experience of Clovers and of Noon! ~Emily Dickinson

Give and Take…
For to the bee a flower is a fountain of life
And to the flower a bee is a messenger of love
And to both, the bee and the flower,
The giving and receiving is a need and an ecstasy.
~Kahlil Gibran

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…store of bees, in a dry and warme bee-house
comely made of fir boards to sing and sit,
and feede upon your flowers and sprouts,
make a pleasant noyse and sight.
~William Lawson

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The men of experiment are like the ant;
they only collect and use.
But the bee…gathers its materials
from the flowers of the garden and of the field,
but transforms and digests it
by a power of its own.
~Leonardo da Vinci

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To make a prairie it takes a clover and one bee,
One clover, and a bee, And revery.
The revery alone will do,
If bees are few.
~Emily Dickinson

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No matter whether it hops, crawls, runs, wriggles, slithers, swims, flies, buzzes, chirrups, grows from the ground or lives in water, we, mankind, need nature. And those of us who garden know that what we as stewards of Creation must supply feeding stations and safe havens for the bees, the birds, and other wildlife. Therefore our flowers, berries, seed heads, etc. should be free of toxins. And among other things in autumn we need to resist disposing of things like hollow plant stems because tiny bees may be hibernating inside. All this is why years ago I started meeting the requirements for my yard to be certified as a habitat, and now that it is I proudly display my National Federation of Wildlife signs on the gates.

There are so many joyous components that go into what a yard and it flowerbeds and gardens are, and for me the buzz of the bees is one of the most essential of those elements. I love my bees and over the years I have intentionally planted things to attract them, especially after I began reading more and more about the alarming and widespread decline of bee populations as well as the collapse of beehives here in the US and all over the world. For instance, there are places all over our country where too many pesticides have been used over the years and as a result their ecosystems are void of bee populations. That’s why nowadays hives have to be transported from state to state by 18 wheel trucks so that farmers and growers can pollinate pollinate their crops and orchards.

What mankind desperately needs to realize is that should bees completely vanish from planet earth, there would never again be peaches and almonds(two of my favorite foods by the way) and so many other things, things we desperately need and depend on to support human life. So I always advise people who have a growing space to please consider planting things that will invite these amazing creatures to sup at their table. And as for being stung by one, let me just say two things: first, it’s a small price to pay for the preservation of our species; secondly, I have hundreds of bees in my yard, and I walk among daily among flowers to work in the beds or to take photos, and in the 20+ years that I’ve been doing I’ve not been stung once. A couple of times I have gotten a loud, warning buzz, especially when it’s a bumblebee that has been offended by my presence, and I just get up and walk away until the “grumbling bee” moves on. Ya know, now that I think about it, that works well in human relationships too. Hee hee!

Know also that wisdom is like honey for you: If you find it, there is a future hope for you, and you will not be cut off. ~Proverbs 24:14   ✝

**All images via pinterest and the internet; opening collage created by Natalie

21 thoughts on “719. His Labor a Chant – his idleness – a Tune – oh, for a Bee’s experience of Clovers and of Noon! ~Emily Dickinson

  1. Well said!!
    How awesome to be a full fledged natural habitat—I’d not heard about that—I shall look into that but I bet I won’t be able to use my ant poison on the thousands of mounds. . .
    I tolerate one and all but not the fire ant—did you know that the baby turkeys, quail (bobwhites) and even fawns are being killed by the massive influx of fire ants. . .
    I love this post Natalie—makes me want to call out to all honey bees, “COME AND GET IT!!””
    Hugs and love—cookie

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    • That’s so sad about the baby turkeys and quail. They say they were what nearly brought the horny toad to extinction here in Texas. You might check on the Wildlife Federation Wildlife website and see if they know some alternative controls for fire ants. Monsanto is one of the big rasons the bees are in trouble. Hugs, N 🙂 ❤


  2. Man has so messed with the natural food chain that one day there will be no food like we are used to. It is time the ‘powers that be’ wake up and pay attention to what is going on in our world.

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  3. When bees sting, they are only defending their homes or their lives. My husband, who just became a certified bee keeper, harvested the most wonderful honey last year on an urban farm where he worked. He left plenty of honey for the bees to get through the winter. Watching this process gave me a deeper respect and appreciation for the gift of bees. We must stop with the pesticides!

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    • You’re so right, JoAnne. How wonderful that your husband is a certifield beekeeper and reaps the harvest of a farm’s hives. Oh I imagine the honey was fabulous. Yes, the use of pesticides must stop! Thanks for sharing this story, JoAnne. Hugs, N 🙂 ❤

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  4. Great post LMS. A certain company which puts profit above all has a lot to answer for with its bullying tactics and blatant disregard for humanity and nature.
    Love’n Hugs

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