Bee Spring Updates

Mary Beth: With the weather calm and warm since the heavy rainstorms came through last week everything is exploding into life. The bees aren't drinking as much sugar syrup and they're beginning to bring in large amounts of pollen. The major source seems to be the red maples. I added a few bars to the... Continue Reading →

What About the Bees?!

Mary Beth: Winter is coming, I think, and even though the weather continues to be unusually warm for this time of year, I've been getting the bees ready. So, what about the bees? Every time I tell someone that Ray and I are moving back to Colorado (Ch, Ch, Changes), I hear this question. I'll... Continue Reading →

Butterfly!

Mary Beth: Is there anything more amazing than a butterfly, especially a monarch? From its very beginning as a tiny larva, to the chrysalis, to the magnificent winged creature migrating thousands of miles to begin the cycle anew, there isn't a moment of its life cycle that isn't breathtakingly beautiful. Swamp Milkweed grows wild on... Continue Reading →

Happy Bees and Frustrated Deer

Mary Beth: Crazy days! For a couple of weeks things were so chaotic that I got the point where I didn't want anything to do with my bees. Thankfully they've settled down, but those bad girls sure gave me a run for the money. At the end of the swarming, four in all, I ended... Continue Reading →

Going Native, Pollinators Welcome

B: My plants are finally in the ground. It seemed like such a long process. And the truth is it kind of was. Per my usual habit, I had to research EVERYTHING; partly because I just need to know and partly because I HATE making mistakes. And that’s ridiculous, of course. I mean really, what's... Continue Reading →

Pollen Detectives

B: We love it when our little bees come home loaded with pollen. They spend all day buzzing about stuffing pollen into pouches on the tibia of their hind legs which are called corbicula, or pollen baskets. Pollen baskets! It makes me giggle every time I hear it. I think of cartoon bees with tiny... Continue Reading →

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