Singing “Mellow Yellow” seems to be appropriate, as we see all of the yellow coloured wildflowers blossoming at this time, here in the Bello Uccello Honey Bee Sanctuary. The honey is amazing this year and Klaus is taking off the surplus and with the help of our l4 -year- old visitor Virgil, from Paris, France;, extracting it into jars in readiness for sale at the Annapolis Farmer’s Market.
Virgil visits from Paris,
France and becomes a
great Beekeepers Assistant
Last week we were at the market selling our honey and enjoying meeting our regular customers and talking to new ones. The interest in the honey bee grows with each year and very few people now ask “why is the honey bee dying” because they Know
Why now; it is more discussions about what they can do to help the honey bee.
Last weekend we traveled 150 kms through the Annapolis Valley area, where agriculture has been taking place for at least three hundred years. It used to be a place where there were many small road- side stands selling the extra produce which the farmers grew in that very fertile area.This was a time when farming was a Way of Life, encompassing the entire family, community, and most importantly, good human values with connectivity to nature. .A farmer used to look at the sky and knew what the weather would be;now they look up at the geoengineered weather conditions and wonder what on earth will be next! Today GMO soya and corn basically cover this beautiful Valley. The beekeeper we visited reported that his bees have been relying upon the honey supplies they gathered earlier in the season for
at least two weeks already, because there were no flowers in bloom at that time for them. Sometimes the simplest statement can open up “worlds” in your consciousness. Where were the wildflowers? Did they become “enemy no. 1” to the farmers?
and Why did their status change from “Beautiful Wildflowers” to “Weeds”? Did the biodiversity leave the rich soiled Valley with the Weeds? Can this be true?
So upon our return trip back home we decided to look for the wildflowers growing along side of the road and see if this lack of food for the bees was true. At home our honeybees were still having lots of variety of flowers from which to gather pollen and
nectar . The beekeeper was speaking the truth, because other than some Queen Anne’s lace there was really nothing growing in the fields or in the ditches for the bees. It had never dawned on me that the legacy of even small sized farms spraying pesticides, herbicides and all the other “cides”for such a long time, would be to eventually kill off the “others”,
namely biodiversity” in favour of the mono-crop. The song “Where have all the flowers gone……long time passing”, or words to that nature, seemed to fit. When the sign Annapolis Royal came into view , we noted a huge change and wildflowers started showing their happy faces everywhere – brown-eyed Susans, daisies, Nova Scotia thistle,
butter and eggs, and by the time we came to the beginning of the shores of St Mary’s Bay,the diversity was the most and one could only sit back and be amazed by the colourful site. The contrast was striking! Ditches full of nature’s abundance.
Here are a list of “some” of the flowers blooming now around the Sanctuary which I know the names of and the others I will have to leave as research homework for their proper names at another time. These wildflowers belong in all of Nova Scotia and may they someday claim back their cheery spots in this beautiful Province, along with the Monarch butterflies and pollinators:
purple loosestrife daisies nova scotia thistle stjohn’s wort white clover red clover
brown eyed susans buttercups canadian thistle horsetail yarrow sea lavendar
butter and eggs vetch pearly everlastings tiger lilies cat tails sea grass
wild artichokes elderflower golden rod oregano roses dandelions
wild mustard bouncing bet jewel weed
If you wish to help the pollinators, planting wildflower seeds is very effective. Also it is important to mention that a very positive paradigm shift is happening in rural Nova Scotia, in that there are many young people and young-hearted people moving here to create Natural Lifestyles with the Land and the Natural Environment, and they burn brightly as the hope for a future which has room and respect for the awesome symbiotic relationships of all Life.