MiaBella’s Thistle & Rose
Thank you for considering to stay at our Bed & Breakfast. We are hopeful that your visit will be fun, restful, adventurous, romantic or whatever you expected it to be!
You will note that each room has been given a name. The names of these rooms have meaning which tie into the history of the owners. For many years we lived on a 22-acre farm North of Houston in the small town of New Caney. We raised four children there, who are now grown and living elsewhere. Over the years, we maintained several different types of livestock: Horses, mules, cattle, goats, chickens, geese, ducks, dogs and barn cats. During the last few years on the farm, we turned our focus to Honey Bees.
In the fall of 2017 the farm was struck by flooding which resulted from Hurricane Harvey. We lost some of our livestock and all of our beehives. After rebuilding the home, we decided to sell the farm and live a simpler life. We now live in Richmond, TX in a subdivision with just one dog. The Honey Bees were one of our favorites to have raised on the farm, so in honor of them we named all of the rooms here at the B&B after flowers.
The Bluebonnet Room: This is the Master Bedroom of the house with its own separate bathroom and large walk-in closet. Since we are in Texas and the Bluebonnet is the State Flower we felt the name was appropriate. Bluebonnets and bees were made for each other! From the color of the bloom to the shape of it, bees greatly enjoy and benefit from foraging for nectar from Bluebonnets. Since Bluebonnets are not self-pollinating, they need the bees to survive as a species. No bees = No Bluebonnets.
The Rose Room: Another wonderful rich source of pollen for bees is the Rose, specifically Wild Roses that are usually more open than the ones you buy for your sweetheart. Interesting fact, roses do not produce nectar, only pollen for bees to collect. Also, since bees don’t see the color red very well, they tend to buzz near other shades such as pink, yellow, orange and white Roses.
The Thistle Room: Last but certainly not least, the Thistle is one of the most popular plants that attract pollinators. While the Thistle is not very attractive to humans, it has abundant pollen and nectar for bees. In addition, Thistle seeds are a major food source for birds and other wildlife. So next time you see a wild Thistle growing, hesitate to cut or destroy it, the pollinators need it.