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A welcome home

A welcome home

Back from two weeks holidays and the first thing I saw as the car turned towards the house was the bees flying around my bee hotels. It was so good to see them chasing each other and flying from beehouse to beehouse. These are the male Osmia cornuta with longer antenna than the female and cute … Continue reading

Blossom time

Blossom time

Most of the trees have opened their leaves.  The lime trees and walnut are trailing behind. After my discovery of my hazelnut flowers, I have decided to catch my mulberry flowers.  The bud is about to open! What a disappointment!  It’s not what I would call a flower but it is all the mulberry can … Continue reading

Still waiting…

Still waiting…

The bulbs are up but the sun is obscured by a thick grey blanket. It is true that in our optimism our table was put on the patio a couple of weeks ago but it has since been covered with plastic and although temperatures are not low, there is no sunshine to attract you out … Continue reading

Mason bee hotels or houses

Mason bee hotels or houses

We have been having our share of cold weather this week. Our weather is still very tempered by our position and proximity to the Atlantic Ocean so I am talking about temperatures dipping below zero centigrade at nightime and rising to a high of 7 or 8 degrees during the day.  From comments I am … Continue reading

Je t’accuse!

Je t’accuse!

Je t’accuse! Yes, you! Put it back! That’s not your bit of grit.  Another bee laboured long and hard to seal up that bamboo tube so it would keep their offspring safe through the cold winter and safely into next summer. And you! You are supposed to go and find pollen to take back to … Continue reading

More on the Mason bees

More on the Mason bees

No surprises! I posted my first Mason bee update on  25 March and I was really satisfied that I had attracted Osmia to my new Mason bee houses and I hoped to gather a bit of data on what might be suitable spots to situate  Mason bee houses and what sized holes they preferred. Firstly, … Continue reading