A bee ornament is a natural addition to your Christmas tree. These ornaments range from the silly to the sublime! All are available online.
And of course we can’t forget our Batty friends!
Good advice! And this is just one card out of a deck of Permaculture Playing Cards.
How do you tell people what permaculture is? If you give them a book, they might look at a few pictures. If you send them a link to something they tend to save it for later. The idea of the deck of cards is that they might browse it like a book – but this is all pictures and just a few words. Much easier to browse. And hopefully convey a bigger picture in a smaller package.
If you want to explore this subject further and/or purchase a deck of Permaculture Playing Cards, go to http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/paulwheaton/permaculture-playing-cards
And the livin’ is easy
Fish are jumpin’
And the cotton is high
Oh, Your daddy’s rich
And your mamma’s good lookin’
So hush little baby
Don’t you cry
One of these mornings
You’re going to rise up singing
Then you’ll spread your wings
And you’ll take to the sky
But until that morning
There’s a’nothing can harm you
With your daddy and mammy standing by
My two new hives of Buckfast bees had a rocky start.
They hated the plastic foundation I was using and built comb almost everywhere else. From the ceiling of the Hive cover mostly…
I replaced the plastic foundation with wax and they were a bit happier. Not a pretty sight from the inside however.
Now Hive Number Two seems to have slipped a bit from its moorings. This will be fixed ASAP.
The good news is that both hives are happy and healthy and prospering! I couldn’t ask for anything more!!
I’ve never liked smoking my bees. Smoke calms them down all right, but they aren’t quite themselves for a day or two. I figured a few minutes of bee panic is better than several days of befuddlement.
I’ve never smoked when installing a new package of bees. It hasn’t seemed necessary. They’ve been more than happy to get out of that dreadful packing box.
Likewise I haven’t smoked when I’ve opened the hive for only a few seconds to feed or stick in a frame or two.
Today I pushed the envelope. Big mistake!
I wanted to switch out frames in a new hive from one deep box to another. Not for a good reason, mind you, but because I liked the paint color of the second box better. It wasn’t going to take very long.
It turns out that from the bees’ perspective it isn’t so much how long the disruption is but how distressing. Moving a frame with the Queen on it is apparently very distressing!
My gentle hive stung me five times through my bee suit and then went after the landscapers working next door. Thank goodness the landscapers did not get stung!
I quickly closed up the hive and ran inside, followed by a few angry girls. My dog, the Noble Bayard, ate them with gusto. All is quiet now.
I’m going back out shortly to finish the job. Needless to say, I’m going to smoke from now on. It’s better for all of us!!
Herbs of the Mint family are a beautiful and useful addition to any cottage garden. They include such favorites as basil, mint, rosemary, sage, savory, marjoram, oregano, hyssop, thyme, lavender, and lemon balm.
Originally, cottage gardens were grown for household use, not for beauty alone. Herbs were used as medicine, as flavoring for food, and to freshen the air in the damp, musty lodgings.
The concept of a separate herb garden, isolated from other flowering plants, would have been inconceivable to an early cottage gardener. Herbs and vegetables were grown side by side with roses and foxgloves, both of which also had household uses.
As you can see from these pictures, herbs can be as beautiful as purely decorative plantings. They are also very attractive to bees and butterflies.
I try to incorporate as many as I can into my overall garden design.
I love Nepeta aka catmint! It’s also a favorite of honey bees and other pollinators. It’s deer resistant too!
Below one of my ever-present fluffy Bumbles enjoys a tasty snack…
It is a beautiful plant to use in a border. Gertrude Jekyll wrote “it is a plant that can hardly be overpraised.”
I find catmint easier to grow than lavender. If you cut it back after first bloom, it will bloom again just as vigorously.
My favorite cultivar is Walker’s Low which was the 2007 Perennial of the Year. The name, Walker’s Low, does not refer to the size of the plant, but to a garden in England.
Plant some catmint this summer. Your buzzing friends will thank you!
You may enjoy unique honey for tea when you visit The Beehive Inn in Castlegate at Grantham in Lincolnshire, UK. The honey comes from the Inn’s “living sign” – a beehive.
Since 1830, the beehive has hung in a tree outside the Inn. Its bees produce an average of 30lbs of honey every year!
A sign on the Inn reads :
” Stop traveller this wondrous sign to explore and say when thou hast view’d it o’er and o’er.
Grantham now two rarities are thine, A lofty steeple and a living sign.”
The lofty steeple is that of St Wulfram’s church, 272ft high, at the end of the street.