In years’ past, we grew dozens of sunflowers of all types. This year…very few. Of the few that we planted, only four decided to grow. Of the four, only one was big enough to draw any visitors. This is the one.
Archive for September, 2012
Posted in Bee-loving flowers, Natural Beekeeping, Videos, tagged bee-loving flowers, beekeeping, honey bees, macro, natural beekeeping, organic gardening, photography on September 29, 2012| 6 Comments »
Posted in Bee-loving flowers, Butterflies, tagged American Lady, Backyard gardening, bee-loving flowers, butterflies, Gardening, growing flowers for the bees and butterflies, macro, Oregon Coast butterfly, photography, pollinators, urban wildlife, Wild pollinators on September 13, 2012| 3 Comments »
This short video shows the butterfly probing the flower with her proboscis. Sometimes it takes a few tries before the nectar is located.
For more information about butterflies, check out this web site.
This has nothing to do with bees or gardening, but I like her style of writing. i’ve often had some of the same thoughts about sustainable living. She expressed them very well.
Journal Entry July 30, 2012
I have dressed early–6 a.m., in sweatpants and hoodie–to stave off the morning chill. Yesterday was rainy, all day drizzle interspersed with sudden heavy downpours. When I wake this morning and see skies clearing, I know I have to get down to the lake to watch the white tendrils of mist rise from the glossy, rippled surface of the water. I bring a blue chair and a mug of coffee, a camera, and my journal.
The tiny community beach–one of over a dozen–is a short walk from my doorstep. For the first eight years we lived here, the beach was nothing more than a weedy opening in the scrub brush lining the lake. A pine needle- and leaf-covered path slopes down to the water’s edge from the gravel road.
We leave our canoe here, red and tipped upside down, most of the summer and fall…
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Posted in Hives, Log hives, Natural Beekeeping, tagged beekeeping, Feral bees, honey bees, Log hive wood carving, Log hives, natural beekeeping, Verticle log hive, Wild pollinators, wood carving on September 3, 2012| 8 Comments »
The bees started being very active fairly early in the morning. I ran to get the video camera to document what was going on. They grouped up on the outside of the hive entrance. The group slowly moved up the right side of the hive and then under the nose. My wife thinks this was a bunch of drones hatching, because they look bigger. I couldn’t get couldn’t get a good fix on the eye pattern. The next day was normal activity. Any ideas? We welcome your comments.
Posted in Drip watering, Fossil fuel free gardening, Gardening, Raised beds, tagged cloches, clotches, drip watering, extended season gardening, freezing veggies, Gardening, Gardening tips, growing tomatoes in cool climate, organic gardening, preserving veggies, raised beds, Roasting veggies, Sustainable living, transplanting on September 2, 2012| 3 Comments »
Our nights get down to a chilly 47 degrees F (8 deg. C.) so without extra care it would be impossible to grow things like peppers and eggplants.
This is what it looks like now (after 3 1/2 months) with some calendulas that my wife won’t let me take out and a volunteer Swiss Chard.
After this cools, we throw it in the blender, then it goes into the quart size freezer bags so it will stack up well. It can be used over rice or potatoes, or as a spaghetti or pizza sauce.