Wednesday, 27 July 2011

Bee Garden

My meadow in front of the hives is coming along at the moment, with my bees the old soaks spoiling themselves rotten! There has been lots of cheering feedback from visitors to the garden and a huge amount of wildlife on the scene, ranging from common frogs to Small Tortoiseshell caterpillars. This site deliberately points toward the morning sun, as the bee books recommend this for positioning hives (I think to encourage the bees to get out of bed and get busy, lazy swines). Well a consequence of this is that the mornings here have become a real haven for all the good insects we see about, particularly the butterflies who generally do their feeding ack emma! All the butterfly species recorded about the garden have also been spotted feeding here too at some point, including some of the Peacocks we released recently. Plans for next year are already afoot, with biennals germinated in trays for planting out in the autumn after the whole thing is chopped down.

Vipers Bugloss, our only native Echium species and a real insect magnet!

I dug up ten large Thistles from the adjacent farm field and transplanted them to a place where they can be appreciated

Phacelia tanacetifolia, this is often grown as a green manure but is also extremely attractive to bumblebees

Another of these panoramas giving a wider view


Gardener in the Distance said...

Bertie, anything to encourage bees must be a good thing. I wonder if you're getting honey yet?

Bertie Bainbridge said...

Faisal we extracted a small amount a couple of months ago after that dry spring mayhem, but the main harvest will follow in September!


Janet said...

I planted phAcelia as a green manure (partner loves it) but it didn't do so well. Perhaps will try again. Good luck with the honey.

Ciccia said...

When I was young, before immigrating to America, we had bees. Once day my mother decided she was going to get the honey herself but the bees got furious so she ran away, then the bees started running after a young fellow who was just driving by with his bicycle. At that time they used hot olive oil to help with the bee bites so both my mother and the young man got olive oil splashed over them. We laughed about it afterwards but it was no fun during the "invasion". My mother never got near them again:) I love honey by the way. Here in Rome I buy it from shops but in Trapani we get it from local people who grow bees on their farms.

Bertie Bainbridge said...

Ciccia - wonderful stuff! Welcome along.


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