We bought a small Meyer Lemon tree when we moved into our apartment just over a year ago. It always seems to either have blossoms, or to be forming them, so the enchanting neroli-like scent of lemon blossoms surrounds us almost year-round.
For some reason, we didn’t have any bees on the flowers last summer, but this year, they seem to find the tree irresistible! We’ve had tiny bees, honey bees and a couple of other types of bees local to this area visiting the blossoms.
In this short video, I captured the tiny bees, and also one of the honey bees, trying to squeeze into a blossom that was just opening. They are comical to watch; they try to “break in” to blossoms that aren’t open yet by prying along the edges of the closed petals. It makes me happy that our little lemon tree is helping to provide the bees with some sustenance, especially on these hot, dry summer days that seem to have become the norm.