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Reflections

The Magic of Spring – Welcome Queen Bumble Bee

Finally, there is the most favored season of the year, spring. The magic of spring lies in the higher temperatures, the life that is awakening everywhere around us. The sun is shining, temperatures are on the rise, flowers come up everywhere, and you hear the insects flying, especially the beautiful sound of the bumblebees.

The birds are singing; the hedgehogs are waking up. Everything looks bright, waking up from the cold wintertime. I love the spring; I love the warm temperatures, warming me up, the smell of the flowers, and the cute bumblebee queens, which are flying around to get the first nectar and polls for their breed.

The Magic of Spring- Welcome Little Bumble Bee

My little fairy garden is waking up, and even the nights are still cold, around zero * Cel, the days are already warm. That is the time people love sitting outside of a cafe, drinking their coffee, and enjoying life around them. Unfortunately, due to Covid 19, we can’t sit on a terrace and having a coffee or lunch.

Of course, we can still walk in the forest, taking our backpacks with us, surrounded by the birds and forest, we can drink our coffee sitting quietly in nature. This is also a beautiful moment, sensing the insects flying around, observing the rich, beautiful colors of the Rhodenendron and Azaleas. Beautiful!

Hooray- Finally, Spring!

Winter is gone, and freezing temperatures too. Even I love winter for sitting warmly inside the house, observing the birds at the feeding houses, I am so glad that the warm temperatures sign a new beginning, as the season stands for a new time of the year, a lively time.

Spring and autumn are, for me, the most beautiful seasons anyway. I finally can work in my garden, cutting the deadwood and old flowers away, noticing the fresh little leaves coming out of the wood, the first plants are flowering, my wild honey bees are waking up, searching for the first nectar and polls of the season.

spring, white blossom

When it is cold, the bees stay inside, but the bumblebees are already flying from flower to flower. Spring is waking up life in ourselves too; energy increases, joy, and peace inside us while listening to the season’s sound. I am cleaning my garden lights, and the bird-feeding houses are disappearing into the shed, signaling the birds the need to search for insects to feed their children. It is always amazing that the birds are in the first days of cleaning up their feeding places confused, looking still to be fed until they understand that they need to take responsibility for their stomach and seek insects. It takes every spring some days to get used to for the birds, especially the sparrows. I observe them very precisely because, until half May, we can still get snow and ice, but most of the time, it is only on the nights that temperatures decrease under zero.

Spring is the time of beautifying my garden, so it becomes an oasis of life; flowers, plants, frogs, insects, little mammals, birds are all busy living their little life.

The pond needs to be cleaned up a little bit, so the water flowers can grow, showing their natural beautiful faces. I love to sit on a chair in the sun, listening and sensing the sound and atmosphere. Relaxing! Do you know what I mean? 🙂

Spring in My Garden

This year we will be busy having agreed with our neighbors to renew the wooden fence that starts falling apart. But I decided to do this in autumn when nature is going asleep, around the end of October. This is a time where we don’t disturb the lively business in our garden.

a hedgehog

But I have to say, even I have lots of flowers, I get fewer bumblebees and butterflies, and this is disturbing me. It says that my surroundings use toxins in their garden or there are not enough plants that these insects love and need. I see a decline in numbers already happening for years, and that is worrying. There are still neighbors closing the holes while the bumblebee builds her nest or kills them, thinking they are like wasps, but these insects are not interested in the neighbor, only in flowers.

We need more education to keep our world alive. People know so little and are far away from Nature, not interested in the little world around them. I am always very happy for every person who treats the animals and insects concerning their nature, interested in increasing bees and butterflies population.

My garden is small but beautiful, and especially for wild animals and insects, whose presence is such a joyful moment for me. This year we will build a rooftop garden for the insects and birds, hoping they will multiply.

I have seen that our Peachtree has many blossoms this year, and I hope that the bees and bumblebees have pollinated the blossoms, promising a good harvest for the butterflies and wasps and other animals, but also ourselves.

blossoming peach tree , branche

Do you like peach jam? Yummy, self-made jam from organic peaches, so big as a little ball. Sometimes they are so many that we have difficulties storing the peaches, so I cut them in pieces and store them in the freezer. The taste is amazing, and I give away lots of glasses with peach jam; my friends and neighbors love them.

I also have two grapes in my garden, a blue and a white, which birds and insects favor at the end of August. You hear the sound of wasps eating from the grapes, especially the white ones. Growing in the Netherlands, a country where we don’t have short summers in the east, they taste quite well; I like the blue ones. In our neighborhood, in Deventer, a city nearby my hometown, there are vineyards, and the wine is really yummy.

Otherwise, I have many different herbs, like munt, melissa, rosemary, and thyme, but I don’t use them in the kitchen. I love them for my bumblebees and wild bees; they are full of flowers every year and are highly favored by my bees and bumblebees and certain butterflies.

Actually, it is straightforward to design a herbal garden and growing berries and fruit trees, which the bees love. 🙂 And us too! You can find a lot of information on how to grow a herbal garden on the internet!

The Magic of Spring

Bonn, old city, Blossoms in the street

When I still lived in Germany, in Bonn, close to the river Rhine, I loved the awakening of Nature, and I walked a lot in the vineyards and the forest, but also along the river. The temperatures there are amazing, already very warm in early spring, they call the city Bonn, the Nice of Germany, which is a comparison to the French city Nice, and this is a right impression, regarding the temperatures, and the magnificence of the flowers, and the old houses, for me the most beautiful city in the world! The area is beautiful, inviting visitors to hike and having a tasty glass of wine close to a vineyard or in a special restaurant.

Here in the Netherlands, only three hours’ driving time away is it flat and cool; however,  we have the forest and the Hanseatic cities in our neighborhood, which makes up for a special atmosphere throughout the year. In spring, when everything is flowering, it is a joy walking through these old cities, sensing the awakening life between the ancient walls of the houses. If you love history, you will certainly love this country.

For English-speaking people, it is so easy to get around because Dutch people speak mostly all English. Many people from the States of America or England live here, even working their jobs while speaking their mother language.

When I arrived in The Netherlands in 2005, I have worked as a nurse, speaking only German and English; it was not a problem to get around.

You will not live in Germany without speaking German, showing the Netherlands is quite international, which makes this country a favored place to live and work for foreigners.

Spring is a good time to visit Keukenhof, a beautiful area with lots of different parks and gardens full of tulips and other flowers. If you plan to visit the Netherlands, I will recommend visiting Keukenhof and other gardens. You will be amazed at how artistic these areas are designed, all the beautiful colors. You can google Keukenhof.

Welcome, Little Bumble Bee Queens!

bumble bee on a flower

I think the bumblebee should be the insect of the year 2021. Such a beautiful and cute bee that is observing them lets your heart shine in love for them. They look so cute with their hairy bodies and different colors.  Knowing that in the Netherlands, and certainly, in other countries of the world too, many bumblebees have disappeared completely due to the pesticides and herbicides used on the plants grown for the garden centers and used in farming.

It hurts my heart! We depend on them very much for our crops, all our plants, vegetables, to carry fruits. If the bee dies, we will die within two years.

Pollution has to stop; we need to return to our roots! Why do we need so much light during the night, and why does farming pollute our world, using pesticides we also consume. Why do we need foreign fruit and vegetables? Why do we need so much clothing and stuff for our houses? Why? We need to return to our roots, stopping consuming and living life becoming ill, burdening the health system of our countries.

Stop, rethink, and return!

We have exploited the planet enough, so let us stop doing it! We will be happier and healthier, living a meaningful life instead of the emptiness many people try to fill by overconsuming. The planet will be very thankful, so the cute bumblebee and other insects and animals. Let us do everything we can do to save these beautiful insects! And finally, the planet!

Final Thought

Spring is the beautiful season of awakening; all insects, animals, and flowers are coming to life. Humans feel the same in Spring, showing that we belong to Nature and the cycle of life. We must stop pretending that we are superior to the animals and the Planet, urgently needing to live a sustainable natural life, save the insects and animals, and our beautiful world. Spring is the season of a new beginning, for the life cycle in all of us, in the insects and animals. We are created depending on the seasons!

We shouldn’t want to live a life in an artificial environment! I don’t want to live this life artificially.

What do you think? What is your thought reading my article? Please share with us your opinion below in the comment section! I would love to hear from you! 🙂

All the Best,

Sylvie

2 Comments

  • Henk van Dijkhuizen

    Hi Sylvie,
    I have a wife who is very interested in creating a garden for insects, and especially for the bees and butterflies. It is so important, and when I read your blogposts, I see the importance, especially here in the Netherlands. We need urgent more people like you, opening the eyes of others. I hope this will not be too late for our environment, and Planet.
    Great article! Keep it up!
    Cheers, Henk

    • Sylvie

      Yes, the environment in the tiny country, the Netherlands, is entirely damaged, and there must be something done urgently. Thank you very much, you should support your wife. She does great things for the environment! 🙂

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