Pollination miracles

Place a beehive on my grave
and let the honey soak through.

When I’m dead and gone,
that’s what I want from you.

The streets of heaven are gold and sunny,
but I’ll stick with my plot and a pot of honey.

Place a beehive on my grave
and let the honey soak through.
-Sue Monk Kidd

I was beginning to worry about my cantaloupe plants. They had flowered and flowered for a month, and a friend mentioned that she was worried hers weren’t getting pollinated.

July cantaloupe plant

Early July

I watched the flowers. I studied them. I waited in the shadows hoping to glimpse a bee, or a beetle, or a moth.

Just when I had given up, I began to see the early signs of fruits.

A growing fruit

A growing cantaloupe

Before we knew it the plant was simply bursting with melons! We’ve been looking up all sorts of melon recipes, and the whole yard is a-swarm with honeybees, bumblebees, flies, and butterflies.

Beneficial attractant plants

We planted a seed mix that’s meant to attract the “good” insects…this is one peeking up between zinnias and cantaloupes.

Maybe it’s a soft spot in my heart from the days when I taught 2nd graders about the miracles of pollination, but I have a deep respect for the intricate web of relationships needed to keep the cycle going. Go bees!

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