Tagged with mason bees

How not to plant daffodils

How not to plant daffodils

March has almost finished and in this upside down year it certainly has not been “in like a lion, out like a lamb” as the winds are roaring down the country.  It continues to be exceptionally mild, going to 21 degrees centigrade a couple of days ago.  Seemingly this winter has been the mildest since … 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

Home Alone

Home Alone

I joined Amelia in England for a couple of weeks, but now I have just returned to our home in France and to Amelia’s “afrenchgarden”.  She is still in England, staying with my daughter and her new baby girl. So, I have decided to write this short blog updating you of some of the things … Continue reading

A day in the life of the bee hotel

A day in the life of the bee hotel

We hung one of the new bee hotels within easy site of the patio so that we could watch the bees come and go: imagining relaxing as we sipped our coffee.  For the naturally curious it doesn’t quite work out like that. Take a warm sunny day in May, the temperature has reached 30 degrees … Continue reading

Short Mason Bee Update

Short Mason Bee Update

The male Mason bees (Osmia cornuta) have not given up on checking out the Mason bee house. I’m not sure whether they are concerned that the females are playing hide and seek but they give the whole area a thorough check. If they think I am watching they play cool and pretend they are only … Continue reading

Mason bees

Mason bees

This afternoon I saw more than Mason bee circling around the Mason bee house.  The nests have hatched – I thought, and rushed to check which ones had opened. I was quite surprised to see them intact and at first puzzled. However, I could see the little white heads so I knew that they were males. … Continue reading

New Mason Bee Nests

New Mason Bee Nests

The new Mason bee houses are all in place.  I must admit that the building of these houses are all due to the skills of my long-suffering husband.  There are plenty of helpful sites on the net if anyone wants to make some themselves.  Compared to the shop built house I think ours are better, … Continue reading

Thoughts of Mason bees and faeces

Thoughts of Mason bees and faeces

I have a shop bought bee nest that I have hanging in the front garden on the lilac tree. I have been interested in increasing the number of solitary bees nesting in the garden and I was hopeful that in doing so any observations might be useful to others attempting to do the same thing. … Continue reading