The Bees Have Arrived

Bee hive installation bee keeper

My phone rang at 5:15 this morning.  Incredulous and startled, I ignored it, even thought I recognized the name of the apiarist that sells honey at my farmers market.  I haven’t spoken with him since last fall when we agreed that he would install two hives in my garden this year.

Then, at 6:00 there was a knock on my door (thankfully, I was now up — but still in my PJ’s).  I was greeted with a hearty ” Get up! It’s the Honey Man!”

I am dealing with an utterly unapologetic Farmer.

and by 6:25 we became beekeepers — but only in the sense of ‘we have bees on our property’ and not in the sense of  ‘I know how to take care of bees’….so for now, I think maybe I should just call myself a ‘hive hostess’.

Its 7:39 EST– how has your Monday morning been so far?

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Hi, I'm Rochelle and for 18 years I have worked as a landscape designer, author/writer, and design teacher. I've designed residential and hospitality (for hotels, restaurants, and spas) gardens across the USA and in the UK, Europe and the Middle East. After many years of teaching garden design topics in person, I launched the PITH + VIGOR Boot Camp series in early 2018. Through my blog, social media, and online courses (Garden Design Bootcamp and Planting Design Boot Camp) I aim to help homeowners learn how to confidently design and create home gardens that reflect their own personal and unique style.


  1. Amy on May 9, 2011 at 7:04 pm

    I love it! We just got our bees this weekend too, but in a ‘we’d better know how to take care of them’ kind of way. Good luck and post updates for us to see!

  2. laguna dirt on May 9, 2011 at 4:49 pm

    that’s hilarious! can’t wait to follow your bee-keeping adventures!! bee-careful! bee-happy!

  3. louise on May 10, 2011 at 9:34 am

    i wish someone (preferably handsome and friendly) would start my day with ” get up its the HoneyMan” !

  4. erin on May 10, 2011 at 12:42 pm

    That’s early, even for an early bird!

    I highly recommend Keeping Bees by Ashley English. I am hoping to start next spring, and I’ve found her book to be a fun read thus far.

    Can’t wait to watch your new venture unfold!

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