Bees and Butterflies in My Garden – Blossoms to Plums

This post was originally posted on March 11, 2017. I worried about the plum blossoms didn’t get pollinated. I was surprised by the visit of the bees and butterflies. Three months after I wrote this post, I’m happy to report that I got about 400 plums from two plum trees. When I went to my poetry class on Thursday, I took about 100 plums with sandwich size ziploc bags, asked the classmates to take some home. At the end of the class, all the plums were taken.

I love plums because of the fiber content. I would like to dehydrate some plums. I ordered a plum pitting machine to take out the pits. I also found a recipe to use regular oven to dehydrate the plums so that I could keep them longer. All I have to do is put the pitted plums in the oven with 125to135for 12 hours. I’ll check on them every hour. I’ve never done that, so I hope that it will work. I added the photos of the plums at the bottom of this post.

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This is my “52 Weeks of Thankfulness” Week 2 at Haddon Musings.

March 11, 2017

What an exciting week in my garden.

I worried about my plum tree two weeks ago because it was the first tree to blossom after the rain. There was no bee attracting flowers close by the plum tree. I manually pollinated the blossoms with a fine paint brush.

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The plum tree is against the retaining wall. There are different plants on the slope behind the wall. I climbed over the wall to look at the plants. I had some bee attracting plants on the slope last summer.  Right now the whole slope is covered by clovers with fellow flowers. Somehow yellow flowers were not my favorite color. I started pulling them out to expose the ice plants with purple flowers, only to discover that they were dead.

Before I got disappointed, there was a shocking surprise. I saw BEES. The bees hovered over the blanket of sixty feet wide yellow clover flowers. I almost wanted to plug the clovers back into the soil. Then I was thinking how to get some clovers close to the plum tree on the other side of the wall. First, I wanted to take a few photos of the bees.

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Suddenly, I caught the sight of some bees hovering over the plum blossoms also. Oh, how excited I was. I felt like the whole burden just fell off my shoulder. Now I could just leave it to the nature. Let the bees pollinate the plum blossoms.

Yesterday morning as I was having coffee and doing reading in the backyard. I caught another exciting sight of butterflies hopping from flower to flower on the plum tree also.

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How thankful I am for the nature. How delightful I am to see the bees and butterflies in my garden this week.

Post note – June 17, 2017

I’m so happy that the bees and butterflies brought 400 plums to my trees!

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Daily Prompt: Blossom

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103 thoughts on “Bees and Butterflies in My Garden – Blossoms to Plums

  1. What a great harvest! Bless the bees and butterflies! I’m not surprised that the plums were all gone after the poetry class. I love the idea of dehydrating plums. I have a dehydrator and I use it all summer and even sometimes in the winter. My son, Pete and his fiance love my dried bananas with cinnamon.

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  2. Absolutely wonderful work! I have just read “The history of bees” – an award winning novel by Maja Lund and loved it. Now I look at bees with different eyes. 🙂
    Happy Easter 🐣🐰🐣
    wishing you relaxing holidays,
    Dina 🌼

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    • Hi Dina, I was stunted by the bee once. I used to scared of bees. Now I grow fruit tree, and so welcome the bees. I just did a post to show my trees of how a big different of the bees made to my plum trees this year. Happy Easter to you. Miriam *¨*•♥•*¨*

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  3. Lovely to see the bees! We are novice gardeners in a new house and would welcome any tips for attracting bees into the garden? I have just started a poetry blog here on WordPress in case you have time to look? 🙂

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