Tagged with bumble bees

An April to remember

An April to remember

The one strong feature of the garden in April is the perfume of the Wisteria as it pervades the garden and the house. Of course, there is the noise of the Carpenter and bumble bees in the Wisteria that is part of April as well. The Cerinthe is well established in the front garden now … Continue reading

We need rain

We need rain

Our region has had water restrictions imposed for agriculture use to protect water table levels.  There are still no restrictions on domestic use for gardens or washing cars.  I’ve planted my broad beans anyway.  I have been protecting unused parts of the vegetable garden with cardboard and I hope to put compost on top of … Continue reading

Garden and owl update

Garden and owl update

This is the first year I feel the garden is beginning to take shape.  The willows are now sheltering a seating area in the back garden. The plants are taking on a more mature look. I’ve actually managed to grow lupins.  Well, four plants from a packet of seed.  But only two of them have … Continue reading

Still running to catch up with April

Still running to catch up with April

I feel guilty about our front garden.  Recently I have not been able to give it much attention and yet even the outside wall looks pretty with plants put in years ago. We did manage to remove an old lilac tree early last autumn which has left us with a very blank wall.  But I … Continue reading

A February of contradictions

A February of contradictions

It has not really been a cold month, with hardly any frost but in the middle of the month there was a hard one that froze the molehills, making cunning trip traps for me as I made my way down the garden.  It has been a good winter for the moles. The frost tried to … 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

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

Yellow and purple

Yellow and purple

I have just realised how many of the flowers in the garden at the moment are either yellow or purple.  It was not intentional.  These perennial sunflowers were only used as a temporary filler to separate me from the next garden where I am creating a new border where trees have been removed. I have … Continue reading

Back home in June!

Back home in June!

Back home and it looked as if I hadn’t missed as much of the flowers as I thought I would. The roses are still flowering. And the Arum lily at the back looks as if it is set for world domination again this year. The back garden looks good from afar. But when you look … Continue reading

May Swarm

May Swarm

The garden in May is beautiful. The old favourites are back. Madame Isaac Pereire is flowering and welcoming the bumble bees. I see more and more male spring bumble bees so I know that their season must be finishing. But this May was special as my husband had decided at the end of last year … Continue reading