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It’s been beekeeping weather in February. When it’s warm enough to be outside in a T-shirt, it’s warm enough to open a hive. But I haven’t.
Flowers are welcoming the bees, and vice versa. Snowdrop, crocus and winter aconite are finishing now, but we have blackthorn, hellebore, grape hyacinth and - just opening - almond.
The bees have also been foraging for water from a pebble tray that I was temporarily using to water plants outside. It has become so popular with the bees over the past couple of weeks that I think I will have to leave it there. The pebble tray is particularly good as a water source because it warms up quickly in the sun so that the drinking bees don’t get chilled, and they can settle on the stones without risk of drowning. I will build a similar feature into the new apiary pond.
I’m not bragging. I just want to say it while I still can.Read More
A game for sunny autumn afternoons.Read More
These flowers smell of chocolate!
They started flowering in the garden this month. So did the Jerusalem artichokes that I planted, which look and smell similar, but are very much taller, towering over the hedge and reaching for the roof of the house.
The flowers in the garden border are just the right height for watching the bees coming and going between them. Could they be dwarf Jerusalem artichokes, if there is such a thing?
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