HONEY: ”a sweet, thick fluid made by bees from the nectar of flowers”
HoneyLove + Borage
Random fact of the day… did you know that borage refills with nectar every 2 minutes!!
“According to old wives’ tales, borage was sometimes smuggled into the drink of prospective husbands to give them the courage to propose marriage.” [via Mary Campbell, A Basket of Herbs]
“Bristly or hairy all over the stems and leaves…the flowers are complete, perfect with five narrow, triangular-pointed petals… Traditionally borage was cultivated for culinary and medicinal uses, although today commercial cultivation is mainly as an oilseed… [Borage] has a sweet honey-like taste and as one of the few truly blue-colored edible substances, is often used to decorate dessert.” [via Wikipedia]
Photo credit: HoneyLover John Fedorowicz
“As a bee gathering nectar does not harm or disturb the colour and fragrance of the flower; so do the wise move through the world.” –Buddha (Dhammapada: Flowers, verse 49)
[post via Vanishing of the Bees]
Bees at work, the ‘waggle dance’
“They dance a special dance usually performed on a vertical surface of the hive, communicating the direction of a potential food source and its distance from the hive to other bees around… The distance the food source is from the hive is represented by the proportion of time the bee spends wagging its tail in the dance and the direction is represented by the angle to the vertical the bee adopts for the wagging portion of the dance…”
ARTICLE: Pitt Meadows allows urban beekeeping (BC, Canada)
Bees can now buzz freely within Pitt Meadows city limits.
Council gave third reading Tuesday to a bylaw that permits apiaries, or hives, in its urban area.
The new bylaw proposes limiting the number of colonies to two for lots less than 1,000 sq. metres and four colonies for lots greater than 1,000 sq. metres.
Hive owners must also have a 1.8-metre hedge around any property containing beehives or provide adequate setbacks between the hives and adjacent properties. Owners will also have to ensure there is adequate water to prevent bees from flying over a fence for a drink in neighbour’s swimming pool.
As per provincial legislation, all beehive owners will have to register with the B.C. Ministry of Agriculture.
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