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May 19, 2012

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After several years during which we rarely saw any bees at all, it was good to see several buzzing around the purple flowers in the back yard.

Bee on flowerPurple flowers

I know that there's been a huge loss of bees due to environmental and other problems. First the honeybees disappeared, but we still saw the bigger, black-and-yellow bumble bees. Now they're in danger too.

I'm happy to report that today I saw several honey bees enjoying the purple flowers I planted last year, and at least one bumble bee, as well. There's been an upsurge in urban bee-keeping in Cleveland, so I'm guessing that my flowers are contributing to a neighbor's honey.

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