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Honey bees Update April 2017

Honey bees Update April 2017

We were so pleased that our four hives came well out of the winter.  On warmer days throughout the winter the bees were active, even bringing in pollen.  As Brother Adam had suggested we had placed a super under the hives to lift them a little above the damp earth and provide a layer of … Continue reading

A confused spring

A confused spring

For the past couple of days we have had sunshine and temperatures going up to 26 degrees centigrade.  Sitting outside (in the shade in the afternoon) it feels more like summer. The large plum tree has finished flowering and yet many of the trees like the Ash and Poplar still look skeletal from afar. The … Continue reading

After the big chill

After the big chill

  Little has changed in the garden in the past weeks, but this says a lot for the hardiness and resilience of the plants as they have weathered a period of constant sub-zero overnight temperatures that dropped to minus eight degrees centigrade. Frost on primroses makes them look sugar-coated and they are tough as old … Continue reading

Am I killing our bees?

Am I killing our bees?

Amelia and I spent two week in the UK in late October.  Before our departure we were so happy with our bees. They had given us loads of honey and all the frames of each of our five hives were either full of brood or honey reserve.  This was much better than last year at … Continue reading

The good and bad in November

The good and bad in November

We were two weeks in the U.K. and returned home to sunshine to find all was well with the garden. The broad beans had popped through while we were away. The courgettes had, not unexpectedly, finished but had left us three courgettes which went into some soup. The brussel sprouts are great.  You either love … Continue reading

New bee plants in the garden

New bee plants in the garden

Last March we bought some plants for the garden from a beekeeper, Jacky Borie, in the Dordogne who also sells a variety of trees and plants known for their production of nectar and honey.  At this time I had not realised the difference from buying your plants from a sure source like this or buying … Continue reading

Autumn has started

Autumn has started

Autumn has started with temperatures of 27 degrees centigrade and sunshine.  We have had one heavy rainfall and I am pleased to see that most of the trees look like they have come through the dry summer.  I think the two consecutive wet winters and spring had filled up the ground water as I did … Continue reading

Not your usual garden flowers

Not your usual garden flowers

Pulicaria dysenterica, or Fleabane, is not your usual garden flower and I can just imagine you thinking – “That figures!”  I thought hard about bringing it into the garden as I was worried that it might be difficult to control as it seems to pop up on the roadside here in the summer time without … Continue reading

The bees and Sweet Chestnuts

The bees and Sweet Chestnuts

Last week I was very worried about the bees.  We are new to beekeeping and we visit the girls everyday (often more than once) just to see how they are getting on as you can learn a lot by just watching them. However, I noticed a strange odour around the beehives and Kourosh confirmed that … Continue reading

A wet June in the garden

A wet June in the garden

This year the garden has had more rain than I have ever experienced here.  I noticed the yellow sedum had dropped its seeds and new plants were growing in the hollow of the next door stone.  By this time of the year moss would usually have turned to a crispy brown but it has inspired … Continue reading