Quote of the day:
In fact, the mere act of opening the box will determine the state of the cat, although in this case there were three determinate states the cat could be in: these being Alive, Dead, and Bloody Furious.”
– Terry Pratchet
Forage in May for:
Alexanders, Beech leaves, Cow Parsley, Hairy Bittercress, Dandelion Flowers , Cleavers, Primroses, Ransoms, Sweet Violets, Hawthorn, Lime leaves, Red Clover, Ox-eye Daisy, Garlic Mustard, Wild Garlic
Category Archives: Bees
Wordless Wednesday – Making a beeline for the poppies
Posted in Bees, Flowers, Wordless Tagged Gardening, honey bees, oriental poppies, Papaver rhoeas, Photography, Poppies 13 Comments
Fat bees and fragrant apple blossom
What a wonder our little crab apple tree (Malus ‘John Downie’) on the driveway is! It is covered in a thick snowy crust of pink and white blossom and is humming with the hypnotic sounds of bees and insects, hovering … Continue reading
Posted in Bees, Trees, Wildlife Tagged Apple blossom, Bumblebees, crab apples, Fruit trees, Gardening, honey bees, Photography, Spring, Wildlife 13 Comments
Wordless Wednesday – The Bee’s Knees*
* The Bee’s Knees is a phrase used to convey that something is of excellent quality. It is likely to have originated from the way that bees carry pollen in sacks on their ‘knees’ and alludes to this concentrated goodness.
Posted in Bees, Flowers, Wordless Tagged buff-tailed bumblebee, crocuses, Gardening, honey bees, hyacinths, Photography 13 Comments
Six on Saturday – The Long Goodbye
What a glorious autumn we are having. We’ve had some frosts, which have carried the dahlias etc off, clearing space for the coming week’s bulb planting. They also helped the colours ramp up, so there is now a great show … Continue reading
September Wildlife Sightings – On the cusp
You know that autumn is here when the spaces between everything in the garden are filled with large webs and, more disturbingly, large spiders. There are loads of garden cross spiders stretched across our front garden path waiting pendulously to … Continue reading
Posted in Bees, birds, Nature, Wildlife Tagged autumn, Bees, Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Photography, Ponds, spiders, wildlife gardening 10 Comments
Wildlife Wednesday – Ivy Bees … so adorable!
A new spot for me and IDed by helpful Twitter users, these are Ivy Bees (Colletes hederae), a type of mining bee that first appeared in Britain in 2001. Here’s a helpful summary of the Ivy Bee from Naturespot. They … Continue reading
Posted in Bees, Uncategorized, Wildlife Tagged Bees, Gardening, Ivy bees (Colletes hederae), mining bees, Photography, Wildlife 7 Comments
What’s been making round holes in my rose leaves?
Posted in Bees, Wildlife Tagged Gardening, insect hotels, Leaf Cutter bees, nature, Photography, wildlife gardening 18 Comments
Wordless Wednesday – Rusty Foxgloves: A new love affair
Posted in Bees, Flowers, Wordless Tagged Digitalis ferruginea, foxgloves, Gardening, Photography, Rusty foxgloves, Solitary bees, Woolly carder bee 8 Comments
Wordless Wednesday – Ain’t No Mountain High Enough
Posted in Bees, Flowers, The home garden, Wordless Tagged Bumblebees, Echium pinnata, Gardening, Giant Viper's Bugloss, Photography 9 Comments
Wildlife roundup for April – My, what a long tongue you have!
All the better to … reach the nectar. Take a look at the length of this tongue for instance: This is the Hairy-footed flower bee (Anthophora plumipes) and is a new bee to me this spring. That is not quite … Continue reading
Posted in Bees, birds, Wildlife Tagged bee fly, Gardening, Hairy-footed flower bee, Magpies, Photography, Swallows, Tawny mining bee, wildlife gardening 9 Comments