Weekly Photo Challenge – Surprised visit by Bees

In one of my posts I wrote about my plum tree. The tree is four years old. The first two year didn’t have any fruits. The tree had full blossom earlier than any other flowers. There were no bees around to pollinate the blossom. Last year, I manually pollinate the flowers and it produced about twenty plums.

By the end of winter this year, the plum tree had full blossom. So I started using my fine paintbrush to pollinate the flowers. But I got tired. I thought I would have another non-producing year.

There is a slope behind the retaining wall next to the tree. The slope was full of yellow clover flowers. I had other plants on the slope but they were all covered by the clovers.

One day, I went up to the slope, pulled out several handfuls of clovers to see what happened to my other plants. To my surprise, I saw a whole bunch of bee buzzing over the yellow flowers. Then I turned around to look at the plum tree. There they were, bees dancing around the plum blossoms.

Oh, how pleased I was to see the bees. How timely they had come to pollinate the flowers. When spring came, I saw young plums covering the tree. I actually counted the plums. You may think that I was silly, but I was very excited. I counted more than two hundred young plums. I can hardly wait for summer to taste them.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Surprise

Daily Prompt: Timely

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39 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge – Surprised visit by Bees

  1. Great post if your the only one eatting them share the bounty. Pick them and leave them by your mailbox with a free sign you will be surprise how fast your neighbors will pick them up. You could probably also donate them to your local food bank.

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    • Are they date palms? You must have a hive close by. Perhaps can get some raw honey. I didn’t associate the dates with the blossom on my date palm trees. I always have them cut. But I watch the video on youtube about harvesting dates. This year I’ll let them blossom with mature.

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