Saturday, May 27, 2017

Local Saturday - The One Thing Missing

On this Memorial Day weekend, unlike many Americans, we are staying local.
The rhododendrons are blooming, and I want to start you off with a picture of one of mine.  One thing is missing out of this picture, though - can you guess what it is?

While you think, here are some other pictures of our day.
We started our day at the local farmers market in Binghamton, in upstate New York.  The mushroom vendor we were hoping to buy from did not come today, but there were plenty of eggs to choose from.

Even more eggs - how's this for a selection?

A favorite vendor in the market for many is a Peruvian bakery, perhaps from the cookies she samples each week.  Once you taste, you just have to buy a package.  She's branched out into other foods, and they don't last long.  She is such a hard worker, she deserves all her success

After a short trip to our community garden (worth its own blog post), we planted some plants at the house.  Here is some basil now in our front yard.

I want to leave you with one thought today, after showing you this delicious food.  Remember the picture of the rhododendron flower at the top of my post. I told you there was one thing missing.

I am sorry to say I had no problems taking this picture.  And it makes me sad.

In past years, this bush would have been swarming by bees.  But, in the past few years, there have been fewer and fewer bees feeding off the blooms.

This year, I haven't seen one bee on this bush.

One small thing, perhaps, but other people I know are reporting the same thing.   This video explains some what is going on - entertaining, perhaps, but also frightening.

Are you noticing fewer bees where you live?


  1. I have noticed fewer bees for many years now. Scary when you think of it.

  2. My Rhodies are having a splendiferous year, and I am happy to report plenty of bee activity in them, especially when the weather is sunny and warm! The bees have also been busy around the catmint. Maybe I have more because I'm in a much more rural area than you?

  3. We're not going any where this weekend. Our town has a prade on Monday

  4. Actually, I've run into a few bees in the last few days. They buzz about the flowers on the plants at school. I don't really pay attention, so I couldn't say if there are fewer of them or not. Scary about them disappearing. I hope they figure out what's going on and find a solution.

  5. It's been so cool here in Maine that I'm not sure if the bees are missing or just still hibernating (or whatever bees do in cold weather). But the outdoor farmers market is back--a sure sign that summer is (almost) here!


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