Bee Grateful

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Ironically, I had just finished watching a recording of Martha Kearney’s programme on bee-keeping when a swarm arrived and settled on next door’s roof! Of course, as I was now an expert, I informed my neighbour that a new queen had left the hive followed by up to 10,000 devoted bees who would keep her warm, feed  and protect her until the scouts had found a new permanent home. She was impressed by this romantic story, until the man I had called to deal with it swept them into a cardboard box and took them away to be imprisoned in one of his hives!

Where are all the Bees?!

Fear not! Apples are forming..the bees have been!

David's Garden Diary

011The apple tree is heaving with blossom and I am hopeful of a very good crop of our delicious apples this year except for one thing……..there are no bees! Last year it was the warm March followed by a cold and wet April and May which did for them. What is happening this year? We had a cold start but it has been warm and dry for several weeks now and yet there are very few bees flying. Even last weekend with several consecutive warm and sunny days I hardly saw any. I have a bad feeling………..

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Where are all the Bees?!

011The apple tree is heaving with blossom and I am hopeful of a very good crop of our delicious apples this year except for one thing……..there are no bees! Last year it was the warm March followed by a cold and wet April and May which did for them. What is happening this year? We had a cold start but it has been warm and dry for several weeks now and yet there are very few bees flying. Even last weekend with several consecutive warm and sunny days I hardly saw any. I have a bad feeling………..