Nice to see you girls

Nice to see you girls

This being our first year as beekeepers, I entered winter with some trepidation.  We were told that during the four to five months of winter the queen bees stop laying eggs and the bees stay mostly in their hives in a tight bunch to stay warm and economise their precious stock of honey. Even by the standards … Continue reading

Persimmon Sorbet

Persimmon Sorbet

The persimmon fruit starts its life as very discrete white flower about the beginning of June. By the middle of November some are starting to ripen and being burst open by birds, and in 2015 being feasted on by the glut of Asian hornets (Vespa velutina). This poses a problem as the Persimmon ripen slowly … Continue reading

A beekeeper’s notes for the year

A beekeeper’s notes for the year

My copy of “A beekeeper’s notes for the year” by Emma Sarah Tennant arrived this week.  Emma is a beekeeper who writes the blog Miss Apis Mellifera and the book  has  been based on her blog posts.  She keeps her bees with a hive partner, Emily Scott, who also blogs at Adventures in Beeland and I have … Continue reading

The Savill Garden December 2015

The Savill Garden December 2015

I first visited The Savill Garden in December 2012 (Free in December).  I admit the absence of an entrance fee attracted me to visit but it has become one of my favourite gardens.  For me to really appreciate a garden I need to get to know it and I look forward to seeing some of … Continue reading

The Jewel of Nineveh

The Jewel of Nineveh

This is not the first time I have recommended a book but it is the first time I have recommended a book that is not about bees. Intrigued?  Well, I hope you will be intrigued by the plot!  However, I must come clean and admit that it an unashamed pitch for my son’s first novel. … Continue reading

The bees in winter

The bees in winter

This is a picture of the bee hives on the twelve of December.  They are enjoying the sun but the air temperature is only ten degrees Centigrade.  We have our nets at the ready because we have still been catching a few hornets this week.  Later in the day the air temperature rose to fifteen … Continue reading

Distractions

Distractions

There is a lot of dew in the garden at this time of year.  The grass is wet and Wellington boots are a necessity.  But trudging down the garden early in the morning I noticed what lovely patterns the dew left on the flowers. The Phacelia was well sprinkled… as was the Winter Honeysuckle.  So … Continue reading

Getting used to November in the garden

Getting used to November in the garden

At this stage in the year it is usual to accept that winter has come.  I just want to know where autumn went to.  We did go back to the U.K. for a couple of weeks late in October, coming back early November.  We came back to sunshine and tales of summer-like temperatures whilst we … Continue reading

Autumn discoveries

Autumn discoveries

Some plants just seem to work harder than others.  My Osmanthus heterophyllus ‘Goshiki’ is full of flowers and these tiny flowers emit a heady perfume. I wish it could be near a door but it sits in the shade of the wall to the back of the front garden, its glossy leaves providing a year long … Continue reading