|Honey Bee taking a pollen bath |
in a zucchini squash bloom
|Native Bee on Calendula flower|
PLEASE BE KIND TO YOUR GARDEN FRIENDS - 98% OF THEM ARE BENEFICIAL!
|Titan sunflowers, zinnias, and cosmos|
planted for the birds and bees
at The Wade Creek House!
|Bubmle Bee on Pole Bean blooms|
YUMMM! She was able to harvest 4 frames of honey from her wild swarm last summer - it was a beautiful golden wildflower honey, a true treat!
|2014 Harvesting honey from the|
hive at The Wade Creek House!
Then Christmas came... my sister, who happens to get her honey locally here in Estacada, got me BEES FOR CHRISTMAS!!! The guy she gets her honey from has several hundred hives he rents out to pollinate various crops throughout the region. She got me a small hive (nucleus hive) that will come with 5 full frames and a mated queen. I am so very excited!
The bees will be here end of March/beginning of April - will tell you all about it!
In the meantime, here are a few awesome websites you need to check out - take a little time and learn how you can help out and protect our pollinators!
ps..... I am sad to report that the bees at The Wade Creek House did not survive this winter. When we opened up the hive at the shop last week, we discovered that water had gotten in. As it happened, a local beekeeper checked the hive earlier this winter, about 6 weeks ago - bees were good with plenty of food. He plopped a small pallet on top of the hive cover to keep the wind from blowing it off; this inadvertently tweaked the hive cover enough allowing water to seep in and ultimately kill the bees.