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A French-Inspired Garden and Home by Judith Stringham

Bee Sunspace

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Bees fascinate me. 
I love honey and 
like watching bees buzzing around
 trees, flowers, and shrubs. 

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Off to another yard, out of sight, out of buzz. 

I like to collect bee decorated items, 
buy books about bees, read magazine articles about bees...



Here is my latest bee decorated find. 


Little 6" metal pots with bees painted on the front are 
perfect, perfect, perfect. 



Perfect for holding geraniums from a locally-owned nursery.  
The perfect color that matches my wire basket  
bought at a Florida antique store a couple of years ago. 
The owner bargained with me and gave me a good price.   
Perfect to bring a little spring into the kitchen sunspace. 



The three-shelf white wooden bookcase regularly 
gets new plants to brighten the kitchen. 
Some people have potting benches; 
I have this little wooden bookcase. 

Look very closely at the tree branches just outside the window. 
Do you see the emerging redbuds? 
The tree is sitting on the deck until we get it planted, 
maybe this weekend. 



Precision™ White Red Eye Ivy Geranium 
"Exactly what you need for baskets and containers," 
is printed right there on the plant marker. 
How could I not buy these plants after reading that? 



I have never seen this variety before. 
Pale pink or white geraniums have been the 
colors I have bought before for my kitchen. 
If you read my blog regularly, you know 
my breakfast chairs are being recovered this month. 
The breakfast chair fabric has bright rosy pink in it. 



While rearranging the shelves, 
I realized that the new little blue ceramic box 
just fit inside the basket handle on the shelf. 



The little bee is another treasure from my sister who found it at HomeGoods. 
She is a good sister. 
She likes bees, too, but gave the box to me. 



Dragonflies are connected to bees, don't you think? 
Hovering over water with their iridescent wings shimmering 
in the light, dragonflies remind me of bees whose wings shimmer in the light 
as they hover over plants. 



Who can think of bees without thinking of birds? 



The second shelf of the bookcase now holds the clay pot of gardening tools and 
more bee decorated items. 



The little blue bee with pink wings remains one of my favorite bees of all time. 


Worldwide there is a decline in the number of honeybees. 
Scientists, farmers, and governments are studying why, 
as well as the effects of losing honeybees. 
The United States honeybee population has 
declined around 50% since 1947. 

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See National Geographic News for a comprehensive 
discussion of The Plight of the Honeybee 
and for suggestions of what we can do to help.  
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20 comments:

DREAMS ON 34th STREET ~ French Bread & Family said...

Good Sunday, Judith!
I remember the abundance of honey bees when I was a child.
It is sad to think that we are losing them.
Your sunspace vignette is a sweet as honey!
Have a good week!
withLove.

Tante Mali said...

Dear Judith,
how lovely, I like the bees on the pots! (and for sure I love them in nature too!)
Have a honey sweet time
All the best from Austria
Elisabeth

Dana Bishop said...

For the longest time I couldn't decide if I loved bees more or dragon flies... at least as a decor motif. I think bee has stolen my heart after reading this post. You know what I adore? The tags and other embellishments hanging from your tools. Oh my gosh! They are like the whipped cream on my cafe mocha :) Anyway, this entire post is fantastic and I share your concern for our dwindling bee population. My pumpkins don't get pollinated sufficiently as an example of the fallout. Love all of your photos my friend!

Custom Comforts said...

I love bees too. I used to be a beekeeper some years ago and they truly are the most fascinating creatures that never cease to amaze me. I used to love watching them come back to the hive at evening time. It was like a little airport with them coming and going in such an orderly manner.
I also have one of those lovely bee pots. Can't resist anything with bees on it. Love how you've arranged your pots. I've never quite known what to do with mine.
Cindy

Christine Graves said...

What beautiful pots....love the bee's on them, they're too cute! Thanks so much for sharing it...

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

I'm a bee lover too! What a honey of a project! I'm featuring you Bee-utiful project on fb today! Pinning! Thanks for joining THE SCOOP!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh wow, how pretty is this. I love your bees. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

Karin Brosnan said...

Buzz Buzzz...I love the bees!! These are beautiful Please come join us for Centerpiece Wednesday Linky party and share your post with us. Centerpiece Wednesday is live tonight http://thestylesisters.blogspot.com/2014/03/centerpiece-wednesday-spring-ideas.html
Karin

Cindy @ Dwellings-The Heart of Your Home said...

Love all your BEEUTIFUL blooms and bees! It's so sad to hear about the bee population declining, hope they figure it out and we can help that tide to turn! Thanks so much for sharing at Amaze Me Monday.
Blessings,
Cindy

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

LOVE those bee pots, Judith! They fit perfectly in your wire basket ~ like they were meant for it.

Alison Agnew said...

I love your bee pots and bits and pieces. And the flowering geranium is lovely too. The poor bees. I am replanting some lavender and other perennials that bees need to do my bit to help. We won't have much a planet without those honey bees! Thanks for sharing at Fridays Unfolded!

Alison
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Jaybird said...

What a lovely post!!! And just to let you know, the bee population in central Texas is doing quite well!! I put out one of our hummer feeders this week....just in case.......only to have it LOADED with honey bees the next day. I haven't bothered them....I will just refill as the occasion arises.
I love that geranium, so now I have to go to the nursery tomorrow. Lucky sweet hubs wants to go to the grocery store tonight...that gives me more time to search for flowers ;^)
Blessings to you,
J

Jaybird said...

What a lovely post!!! And just to let you know, the bee population in central Texas is doing quite well!! I put out one of our hummer feeders this week....just in case.......only to have it LOADED with honey bees the next day. I haven't bothered them....I will just refill as the occasion arises.
I love that geranium, so now I have to go to the nursery tomorrow. Lucky sweet hubs wants to go to the grocery store tonight...that gives me more time to search for flowers ;^)
Blessings to you,
J

Pat Cantwell said...

Botanic Bleu,
Your newest "bee" find is absolutely charming, dear one!
I, too, have a collection of "bee" accessories. . .mostly honey pots!
I adore your white shelves in the sunlight and the view from beyond the window into your yard!
New fabric for your dining chairs??? I must go have a look!
Fondly,
Pat

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Susan Clayton said...

Love the bee finds. I am making note of the geraniums. I like the delicate old fashioned look to them. I love the spicey scent of geraniums.

Jody and Stan said...

I love your Bee Sunspace! I'll be featuring you this week at Simple & Sweet Fridays. Thanks for sharing your wonderful collection!
Hugs,
Jody

Sarah said...

Judith, sorry I'm late buzzing by this post. '-)
Your Bee Sunspace is beetiful! Bees are yet another love that we share. I've been drawn to the bee motif for much of my life, and especially since my fascination with Napoleonic bees. I've a small collection of honey pots too. I've been planning a bee post myself, but have yet to pull it all together. Just recently there was an article on a young girl here in Austin who is marketing a honey lemonade - Bee Sweet Lemonade. Part of her earnings go to Save the Bees Foundation. I'll find a link and send it to you. I may do a post on it if I can get my act together. '-)
Love your cute little pots and the new geraniums are lovely. I'm going to look for some.

The Charm of Home said...

I love bee graphics. This is very pretty.

Debra Oliver said...

love your bee-utiful bee goodies, that vintage graphic is wonderful!