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summer’s noisiest trees

July 20, 2010

Walking on warm days through the green shade of the two-hundred year old lime trees around the castle, you begin to notice two things. Firstly, the delicious smell of their unobtrusive flowers. And secondly, a low humming noise. It fills the air all around you. It seems slightly ominous, as if some huge insect is approaching. In fact, it is countless thousands of bees, busy as only they can be, collecting the lime pollen. They pose no threat to humans as they are far too preoccupied with the trees to bother us. Every lime tree is buzzing with little moving bodies. Somebody, somewhere – probably a bee – must be enjoying the most delicious honey.

See also: lime blue

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10 Comments leave one →
  1. July 20, 2010 10:21 pm

    Beautiful lime trees and the sounds of summer. Loved your post on Orkney; don’t know how I missed that one!

    • dancingbeastie permalink
      July 21, 2010 12:18 pm

      thank you – it’ll be my fault you missed it, as my posts have been sporadic at best recently!

  2. July 21, 2010 10:00 pm

    Glad you are providing an ample supply of nectar for the bees! The local honey is delicious so maybe they are feeding from your trees?? I love the sigh of the wind through trees….. next time you visit I must take you to Happy Valley…….

  3. July 23, 2010 11:46 am

    Just found your blog – nice work! I too grew up in a house with an avenue of lime trees and loved the hum of the bees at this time of year and the blossoms which drop off. Thanks for bringing back a lovely memory 🙂 Jo

  4. July 24, 2010 12:55 pm

    The sound of bees humming in trees is very lovely, and comforting somehow. We are hoping to acquire a hive or two next year.

  5. July 24, 2010 1:00 pm

    PS Love the Orkney post! Wonderful photos. I’ve always wanted to visit.

  6. July 24, 2010 7:06 pm

    I like Jo have just found you, it looks like the perfect place for a picnic, just don’t pack honey in your basket.

    • dancingbeastie permalink
      July 24, 2010 9:08 pm

      Sian, I’m glad you’re enjoying the honey. I saw postcards of Happy Valley – we’ll definitely have to seek it out next time.

      Welcome to new readers. Thank you for visiting, and I will return the compliment as soon as I can – a bit snowed under with commitments at the moment so minimal blogging time at present! Our cousins keep bees but I am not brave enough as am allergic to them. Very happy to watch the ‘wild’ ones at work instead.

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