Two Hostas, One Dicentra "Bleeding Heart" & One Omphalodes Verna bought and ready for Shady Corner! Thanks Andy and Joan. Think I shoulf put a beer trap in place near the Hostas?
28 March 2017 22:25:10
Glad I got the early potatoes in as the rains came today. These always start off my veg garden each year . I sowed the French beans and Runner beans indoors as these are two heritage varitues I picked . The 2017 garlic is well up and last winters crop will be ready in a few months. Onions are also peeping so some mild weather now would be lovely. I managed to plant out some overwinteref Monarda plants today as the homegrown stuff was beginning to stockpile a little. Of course I then ended up slipping some Bay cuttings from the neighbours lawn when I was passing later on !! The Dahlia seeds are starting to sprout indoors so I will have more potting on to do shortly .
The Paulownia Tormentosa is ready to leaf up too and has survived the winter chills .
I did my first Bee Hive inspection during the warm weather and all looks good . Bees are already breeding and bringing in early pollen and nectar which is a sure sign of life . Got a call from the local bee society asking was I ready for my new colony which is coming this week . The society breeds starter colonies or nuclei for beginners which you may buy. Safety in numbers as it's unwise to keep just one in case of winter losses .
21 March 2017 17:20:36
Had to treat myself to a new pair of wellies today as my old ones were leaking and threadbare after 5 good years . Took a notion to recycle them as planters for some Dahlia Tubers I had indoors
I filled the soles with gravel for drainage and ballast . Hope they bloom this summer and I can place them outside the front door . I might spray paint them yet !!
The south facing workshop window sill is now expectant with seeds ...
20 March 2017 17:22:55
The threat of summary dismissal or worse must have worked . Today one of my potted Camellias honoured me with a FLOWER .
Thank you William Bartlett for your presence . Thanks too to the .iers who persuaded me to persevere !!!!
19 March 2017 21:20:14
No gardening today but a little preparation for the summer nevertheless.
I intend starting a second hive so it was time to put together some brood frames and wax foundation . A brood box ( where the Queen lives and lays eggs) contains ten of these frames which give the bees a start . They can make their own wax but it takes 8 ounces of pollen to make one ounce of wax. These frames and s sheet of wax foundation allow them to establish quickly and hopefully thrive .
Some keepers allow the queen a brood box and a smaller second box on top for her duties as it provides more working Bees in a year . Iam not sure which route I will take yet . Possibly I will try a hive using both .
17 March 2017 22:02:57
Well it appears that many of my new Bee keeping friends are also avid gardeners and surplus plants and flowers are often brought to meetings and given away to members !! There's a lady bringing in Rudbekia divisions to next Tuesdays meeting. Of course all are Bee friendly plants and sources of pollen and nectar . Bees gather water and propolis also on their travels . Propolis being the sticky stuff from Tree buds they use as glue and sealant in the hives .