The bee was wandering about on the doorstep mat.
It was in a very quivery state, as you can see from the blurry pictures. It tried to climb the step, but couldn’t quite make it, so this was where I stepped in with a spoonful of honey.
I put a little drop of honey and a splash of warm water on the tip of a spoon and poked it under the bee’s ’nose’.
The Bee seemed to be having difficulty reaching the honey although it was trying valiantly to do so!
I gave it a stepping stone to make the sipping easier.
It sipped for a while then grew still and I was afraid it might fall asleep or drown in the, albeit shallow, water.
It was time to take it outside. In former times I have put bees onto the fir tree on the balcony, where they have revived, then flown away. The fir tree, however, is now down in the garden: so down to the garden we went, the supine bee and I, to find some soft petals and pollen to enjoy.
I placed Bee carefully onto a Marigold, but it slipped and clung, taking little notice of the rich centre of the flower.
I watched and wondered as the bee started to climb off the Marigold petals and onto and up the stem of an adjacent Iris.
“What could it find there?” I wondered.
“Is it the deep blue of the Iris that attracts it?”
I looked around and saw a different bee delving into the blue cave of a Campanula bell.
“Maybe that’s what Bee would like!” I thought, noticing that it had reached the Iris flower and was exploring the centre of it.
I placed Bee onto the soft, blue petals of the Campanula.
“Would it nose-dive into the bells like the other Bee?”
It was fumbling about, looking ready to drop into the folds of soft blue/green Campanula forever, when it suddenly
Joyful relief was followed by, ”Where has it gone?!
It had flown to a nearby Iris and was dipping into the yellow interior.
It seemed to really enjoy the probing of the flower, and went on to another Iris …
… before flying down, at last, to the Campanula Bells and immersing its head into them! I liked the way it clung to the flower, almost cuddling it, to get deep inside the bell.
After all that tense excitement I watched the other bee also enjoying the Campanula bells …
… but my adventure with Bee was the highlight of my day!
I looked on my Bees Chart, recalling what Jane had said about Tree Bees and I think Bee is a Tree Bee.
Anne … May 21st, 2020.in Gertie’s Garden,