My garden seems to be full of bees and hollyhocks at the moment - and I am delighted to have both. I love hollyhocks, with their huge, bright blooms. I am also very happy that so many bees seem to like my garden - particularly my hollyhocks - and are happily pollinating my flowers.
With bees in decline, I am always surprised when anyone suggests getting rid of a bees' nest, but recently I have heard a couple of people asking if they should get rid of nests on their property.
Being a lazy witch, I mostly let my garden go wild. Occasionally, however, I pay a gardener to mow my lawn and prune back my shrubs. When he did this a few weeks ago, he found a bees nest. I walked into the garden to find him prodding it with a stick.
"You've got a bees' nest," he said.
"Yes," I agreed.
"What do you want me to do about it?" he asked, poking it with the stick again.
"Leave it alone?" I suggested?
"But there's a lot of angry-looking bees coming out of it," he said, as some very angry-looking bees emerged from a hole in the nest.
"Perhaps if you leave it alone they won't be so angry," was really all I could think to say, in the circumstances.
I have had bees in my garden for a very long time and have never once been stung by one. But then I don't go around poking their nests with sticks.
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