We’ve always been fascinated by bees. We didn’t have video games in the early ’50s, so we captured bees in glass jars to examine them and just to see who could catch the most. Sometimes we caught them in the blooms of hollyhock flowers so we could throw them at our next door neighbor Suzy Boothroid (sorry Suzy).

For inquiring minds, bumblebees make the best bee bombs and to be clear, it’s a dangerous business. I can’t imagine there is a variety of bee on the planet that hasn’t stung one of the Hines boys.

Thankfully now 60 some years later we’re finished with bee bombs…but we still love bees.

I’d like to tell you that we keep bees today to help save the world from the loss of honeybee pollinators due to pests and pesticides but the truth is we simply fine them interesting.

Keeping bees is a continuous learning experience. It’s deeply satisfying and can be equally humbling.

Sure, the reward of a honey harvest is great but of equal satisfaction is seeing our colonies survive cold, wet Indiana winters and thrive in the wake of negative environmental impacts.

As we continue to learn we’ll share more about our life with bees.

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And while we’re talking about “bees, bees and more bees” how about a quick look at a recent Bee Birthday Party we celebrated.

There’s always something interesting going on in the Springboro Tree Farms apiary.