‘This week show us a change in progress…’
I’d been exploring the rose greenhouse at The Arbor Gate in Tomball, Texas (one of my favourite garden centres anywhere in the world) when I spotted these painted beehives. I found my way round to them so I could watch the bees flying in and out.
Soon afterwards, I spotted two mysterious people with a smoke machine.
The beekeepers were concerned to keep me safe (and to keep the bees calm), so I promised to stand well back and keep quiet while they worked their magic on the bees.
I have to confess I have no idea what they were doing – perhaps someone out there knows! I think they were either harvesting bees and changing their home or changing the honey filled frame for a new one. The hushed atmosphere made it seem a miraculous, reverent process.
How amazing it must be to spend your life working in tune with these small creatures – and how lucky we are that there are people who know how to do this! To learn more about the beekeepers, BZHoney, visit their website. It’s packed with interesting snippets about their ancient art.
The Arbor Gate’s website is well worth a visit too. I promise to post more pictures from this colourful garden centre in Tomball, NW Texas before too long, but for now I’ll leave you with just a snippet of the creative inspiration gardeners will find during any visit. It’s an unusual water feature… no garden should be without one!
I firmly believe British gardens are the poorer because we don’t embrace quirky garden art and decor with the same joy and freedom as so many American gardeners. Just my view! But that’s for another day too.
Shared as part of the Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: change.