Tagged with solitary bees

Return to the garden in March

Return to the garden in March

After two weeks of holidays we were happy to see the garden again but it was at a slow, measured pace we gave the garden its customary “so good to see you” check over.  We have returned with a ‘flu the like of which we have not suffered from in many a year. Even the … Continue reading

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

It had to happen…

It had to happen…

The frost arrived this morning. The frost rimmed fuschia looked like a variegated variety. There is no time for the pumpkin flower to produce fruit in October but I am sure the bees will be happy to take advantage of its pollen and nectar at this time of year. All the seasons seem to be … Continue reading

More bees in the garden

More bees in the garden

This week has been a busy “bee” week.  We had been sure that the bees had intended to swarm into the ruchette before we left on holiday but they obviously delayed their arrival until we were back home.  This time we missed the exciting arrival as we were working in the backgarden during the afternoon … 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

Green grass!

Green grass!

It’s the middle of August and the grass is green! In the summer the vegetables get watered and any of the new or less drought tolerant plants but not the grass.  The grass gets left to go brown and anything that grows up after it rains is mowed.  However, this year the rain has kept … Continue reading

April is over

April is over

April is over.  It was a beautiful month in the garden; mild and sunny.  That was right up until the last week when it became overcast and rained, but as the rain was forecast we took the opportunity to leave the garden being well-watered and follow the sun into Spain for a few days. April … Continue reading

Of bees and blogs

Of bees and blogs

It usually starts in February. The bees start sneaking into my posts. By April things are hotting up. They appear on Forget-me-nots. I show the solitary bees pollinating our blackcurrants. The bees are getting bigger. The more flowers that appear the more bees that arrive. Summer brings even more bees. The geraniums in my blog … 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