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Bees ~ The New York Times
Click on the photograph of The Right Rev. Mark S. Sisk, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of New York, shown blessing some 15,000 bees (photo by Emily S. Rueb), to reach a series of informative and helpful articles about the importance of bees (June 21, 2012 ~ Science section):
“Long known as the angels of agriculture, honey bees have received global attention due to losses attributed to a combination of factors: Colony Collapse Disorder, mites, deforestation and industrial agriculture. Honey bees provide pollination for crops, orchards and flowers; honey and wax for cosmetics, food and medicinal-religious objects; and inspiration to artists, architects and scientists.”
~ Tammy Horn
Purple Sage ~ Teeming with Bees
What you can’t see in this Instagram photograph - taken outside the front door of Neiman Marcus in San Antonio, Texas in May - are the many bees gently swarming over this gloriously blooming, sweet-smelling sage plant (the plant stands a healthy five feet tall). The humming, the heat of the day, and the fragrant smell were intoxicating when I took this photograph.
“Sage comes from the Latin word salvere, which means salvation. It was once so valued by the Chinese that they traded green tea for sage at a ratio of 4 to 1. In Yugoslavia today, fields of sage are planted and harvested like wheat: three times a year for culinary use. Native Americans use it medicinally, mixing it with bear grease to make a salve for skin sores and as an infusion for rubdowns and baths. It is associated with immortality, longevity, and mental capacity.”
For more about sage (and other herbs), see Sara’s Superb Herbs: superbherbs.net/sage.htm. Keep in mind, pollinators are inextricably linked to specific plants.
National Pollinator Week is June 18-24, 2012. Click on this link to learn more: pollinator.org/.