Category Archives: Garden area

Ungrateful ladies

Today,  given the unusual heat and the fact that my previous very successful water source seemed to have a leak (Possibly a deer or a badger had a go at it?) the plan was a Mark 2 version.   The … Continue reading

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Awe and wonder by the flowerful – not enough in our classrooms.

Ready for some awe and wonder?  Look here http://www.buzzaboutbees.net/pollination.html short videos of such beauty – if you are a teacher, try them as your students settle at the beginning of a lesson.  There is even one captioned in French for … Continue reading

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It has been a while …Floriade, be a bee, geocaching all comes together

My visit to Floriade and subsequent excitement following the tagged bees has been documented before.  My ‘friends’ Wilke and Marjon, and Naomi and Jenny and their trips to collect pollen or nectar occupied hours of my time.  I am not … Continue reading

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Cyclical behaviour

In the 1800’s there was a period when beekeeping was common for most households. It helped crop yields in kitchen gardens and the sweetness of the honey was welcome when sugar was expensive. In WW2, the same sort of logic … Continue reading

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The rooftops of London … high class hives!

I can’t believe I have only just found this as it dates from 2009. Worth a look

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Microclimates, weather forecasts temperatures and implications for bees

I am quite numerate. In fact numbers often make more sense to me than words. As all beekeepers know, there are key temperatures in the bees’ world. They need to keep the brood at temperatures of about 35 degrees; they … Continue reading

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Forget me nots

I started wondering whether the simple forget-me-nots around my hives were of any benefit to the bees.  Wikipeadia says yes for pollen and nectar – and they are the same family as borage. From The Wildlife Trusts website: Like many … Continue reading

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Don’t forget our humble hedgerows

We are getting so much better at letting people know how to support bees. Best tips are: 1. Plant for bees where you can – look our for bee friendly labels or use lists like that from the RHS 2.  … Continue reading

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This could have gone so wrong

Over the last month I had heard so many long term beekeepers explain swollen faces and worse by saying they had not intended to open the hive and then been tempted to do so. I vowed to learn from their … Continue reading

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The word is out! Honey – the real stuff – is worth a pretty penny.

We went to dinner last night and I remembered that the couple we were meeting liked honey so I detrermined – and was successful – to remember to take a jar of honey. It was one of just 3 remaining … Continue reading

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