Fairview, Michigan is abundant with lilacs and with them come the bumble bees. I find the hum and beauty they bring to our yard, if only temporary, a Michigan staple I look forward to every year. I do wish their divine fragrance would last the summer, but that is not the case. California has bred a long lasting variety, but those are scentless and senseless as far as comparisons go. I’ll take a week of the real thing over several months of an imposter in another State.
The bumble bees will stay. They will find other avenues to gather their nectars from our gardens and ditches. While out planting a tree, I found their nest, an abandoned gopher hole in the meadow beside our yard. I am sure they will be happy there as the year rolls along into summer and fall. For now I will enjoy their dance with the lilacs across the countrysides of Northern Michigan.