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  Topic: Bee-loving flowers after the main nectar flow
Solarpat

Replies: 7
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PostForum: Photo gallery   Posted: Thu Nov 12, 2015 9:39 pm   Subject: Bee-loving flowers after the main nectar flow
Charlye,
Private Message to me your snail mail address. I've got lots of seeds from this plant,
http://solarbeez.com/2013/07/05/hyper-bees-on-hypericum/
that you can try out if you'd like.
Pat, ...
  Topic: Bee-loving flowers after the main nectar flow
Solarpat

Replies: 7
Views: 8796

PostForum: Photo gallery   Posted: Mon Aug 10, 2015 8:46 pm   Subject: Bee-loving flowers after the main nectar flow
We plant lots just for bumblebees too, I have developed an interest in clarifying which plants are preferred by bees / bumble bees and which are equally attractive. It's so interesting how similar you ...
  Topic: Bee-loving flowers after the main nectar flow
Solarpat

Replies: 7
Views: 8796

PostForum: Photo gallery   Posted: Mon Aug 10, 2015 3:25 am   Subject: Bee-loving flowers after the main nectar flow
Great shot of the leaf cutter bee Pat!
Have you seen any honey bees on your Echium Pinnata? Here I have only seen the bumblebees on it, not sure if this is just us! I planted a low growing annual Ec ...
  Topic: Bee-loving flowers after the main nectar flow
Solarpat

Replies: 7
Views: 8796

PostForum: Photo gallery   Posted: Sat Aug 08, 2015 4:03 am   Subject: Bee-loving flowers after the main nectar flow
You might say I'm a bit proud of our new bee loving flower bed we started this year.

http://solarbeez.com/2015/07/30/bee-loving-flowers-in-mid-summer/

I've got lobelia, Walker's Low (Nepeta), th ...
  Topic: Bees pollinating Scotch Broom
Solarpat

Replies: 3
Views: 4126

PostForum: Photo gallery   Posted: Thu May 28, 2015 3:34 am   Subject: Bees pollinating Scotch Broom
At this time of year, the countryside is alive with yellow blossoms. First it's the gorse blooming which starts in February. Scotch Broom sort of sneaked up on me. I hadn't really thought about bees ...
  Topic: I'm building another log hive...a big one
Solarpat

Replies: 18
Views: 17529

PostForum: Photo gallery   Posted: Tue May 26, 2015 6:06 am   Subject: I'm building another log hive...a big one
My log hive mentor, Hal Strain, has come out with another log hive. Since he is pushing 80 and since he couldn't source an old log, he built one, out of full sized 1 x 12's.
http://solarbeez.com/20 ...
  Topic: I'm building another log hive...a big one
Solarpat

Replies: 18
Views: 17529

PostForum: Photo gallery   Posted: Fri May 15, 2015 3:16 pm   Subject: I'm building another log hive...a big one
I was starting to doubt myself, wondering whether I would get a swarm this year. The few swarms that I saw were small. We even had a small(ish) swarm land on the log hive only to move on elsewhere. I ...
  Topic: HomeMade Russian Scion
Solarpat

Replies: 3
Views: 4625

PostForum: Photo gallery   Posted: Thu May 14, 2015 5:09 am   Subject: HomeMade Russian Scion
I guess I won't need the scion. A couple of ginormous swarms came over. One went into my new log hive, the other one is 'hanging out' on the outside of it.
I have a feeling they came from the com ...
  Topic: HomeMade Russian Scion
Solarpat

Replies: 3
Views: 4625

PostForum: Photo gallery   Posted: Wed May 13, 2015 5:00 am   Subject: HomeMade Russian Scion
Any luck with that, SueBee? I'm tempted to try something like that out. I've got a small hive that wintered over in a birdhouse...in the shadow of trees all winter. It came through without any trea ...
  Topic: Bees pollinating Scotch Broom
Solarpat

Replies: 3
Views: 4126

PostForum: Photo gallery   Posted: Mon May 11, 2015 5:10 am   Subject: Bees pollinating Scotch Broom
I wanted to see what the bees were getting into when they were covered with yellow pollen. I walked up the road to the blooming Scotch Broom and realized why they were covered in pollen. The bees la ...
  Topic: I'm building another log hive...a big one
Solarpat

Replies: 18
Views: 17529

PostForum: Photo gallery   Posted: Fri Apr 24, 2015 6:07 am   Subject: I'm building another log hive...a big one
Simply magnificent! I've never seen anything like it, and I hope it sings with bee-life for many, many years!

Thanks, SueBee. That's a very poetic way of stating it. I hope I get a swarm too, but ...
  Topic: I'm building another log hive...a big one
Solarpat

Replies: 18
Views: 17529

PostForum: Photo gallery   Posted: Fri Apr 24, 2015 5:58 am   Subject: I'm building another log hive...a big one
WOW!!!!!!
I so look forward to your next video showing it populated. I doubt any self respecting swarm could resist that!

Thanks, Barbara. I shot another video yesterday. It's a sort of walk-th ...
  Topic: I'm building another log hive...a big one
Solarpat

Replies: 18
Views: 17529

PostForum: Photo gallery   Posted: Thu Apr 23, 2015 6:25 am   Subject: I'm building another log hive...a big one
I'm getting real close now...within a week, I'd say. 😀
I guess it took longer than a week, but I'm happy with the results.
http://solarbeez.com/2015/04/22/grand-opening-for-grand-kids-log-hi ...
  Topic: I'm building another log hive...a big one
Solarpat

Replies: 18
Views: 17529

PostForum: Photo gallery   Posted: Wed Mar 25, 2015 9:28 pm   Subject: I'm building another log hive...a big one
I'm getting real close now...within a week, I'd say. 😀
  Topic: I'm building another log hive...a big one
Solarpat

Replies: 18
Views: 17529

PostForum: Photo gallery   Posted: Wed Mar 18, 2015 3:12 am   Subject: I'm building another log hive...a big one
Another great looking hive!

Does the canola oil for the chain saw result in any extra wear to the chain or bar? I often use a "vegetable based oil" but it's not cheap!

I've used it for ...
  Topic: I'm building another log hive...a big one
Solarpat

Replies: 18
Views: 17529

PostForum: Photo gallery   Posted: Tue Mar 17, 2015 4:45 am   Subject: I'm building another log hive...a big one
The wood carver has made some progress on the faces and I have made the quilt box so he can carve a structure to top it off.
Here's some updated photos and a short video...
http://solarbeez.com/2015 ...
  Topic: I'm building another log hive...a big one
Solarpat

Replies: 18
Views: 17529

PostForum: Photo gallery   Posted: Mon Feb 16, 2015 6:45 pm   Subject: I'm building another log hive...a big one
If the link doesn't work for you (as it didn't for me) try

Thanks, Trekmate, for correcting that link. Yes...you got it..."A family of beehives."
or what naturally happens when you get ...
  Topic: I'm building another log hive...a big one
Solarpat

Replies: 18
Views: 17529

PostForum: Photo gallery   Posted: Mon Feb 16, 2015 6:34 pm   Subject: I'm building another log hive...a big one
Well done, great fotos. How long did all the woodworking take? You have done a very professional job. Please post more fotos when the faces have been done. Let us know how quickly the log is colonised ...
  Topic: I'm building another log hive...a big one
Solarpat

Replies: 18
Views: 17529

PostForum: Photo gallery   Posted: Mon Feb 16, 2015 5:53 am   Subject: I'm building another log hive...a big one
This log hive is being made from a Monterey Cypress that we had to cut down because of the danger of it to the house. Unbeknownst to me, it had a big rotten spot probably caused by someone pounding na ...
  Topic: Do bees like moss?
Solarpat

Replies: 22
Views: 23480

PostForum: Photo gallery   Posted: Sat Feb 07, 2015 6:35 am   Subject: Do bees like moss?
The video link to utube does not work is it set to private.
I just checked it...it's set to public. It's the same link as the first one in the opening comment. Sorry it doesn't work for you. I'm n ...
  Topic: Do bees like moss?
Solarpat

Replies: 22
Views: 23480

PostForum: Photo gallery   Posted: Thu Feb 05, 2015 4:56 am   Subject: Do bees like moss?
Great pics of the bees what camera and lens were you using curious.

I'm using a Canon SX-50 with a whopping 50x zoom for most of the videos. When I have to get real close, I'll use my little pocke ...
  Topic: Do bees like moss?
Solarpat

Replies: 22
Views: 23480

PostForum: Photo gallery   Posted: Wed Feb 04, 2015 7:00 am   Subject: Do bees like moss?
Solarpat, I went to your link in the previous post, copied the link from the browser window, pasted it in a new message, selected this link and clicked the "Img" button...

Luc P. (BE)

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  Topic: Do bees like moss?
Solarpat

Replies: 22
Views: 23480

PostForum: Photo gallery   Posted: Tue Feb 03, 2015 4:45 am   Subject: Do bees like moss?
That didn't work...I'll try again.

https://solarbeez.files.wordpress.com/2015/02/9a-cropped-six-bees-on-moss-2-2-15-jpg-copy.jpeg
  Topic: Do bees like moss?
Solarpat

Replies: 22
Views: 23480

PostForum: Photo gallery   Posted: Tue Feb 03, 2015 4:40 am   Subject: Do bees like moss?
I saw 9 bees before I cropped this photo, which I hope will display properly...
Moderator, feel free to remove if it doesn't. Confused
"https://solarbeez.files.wordpress.com/2015/02/9a-cropped-six-be ...
  Topic: Do bees like moss?
Solarpat

Replies: 22
Views: 23480

PostForum: Photo gallery   Posted: Tue Feb 03, 2015 4:25 am   Subject: Do bees like moss?
Moss is the favorit of the bees. All my bee watering places have moss.
Interesting enough, there is a lot of microbial activity and life in a patch of moss. Good for humus production. Maybe that is ...
  Topic: Do bees like moss?
Solarpat

Replies: 22
Views: 23480

PostForum: Photo gallery   Posted: Tue Feb 03, 2015 4:19 am   Subject: Do bees like moss?
So my question is, have my bees encouraged these mosses to thrive as they have with so many other plants and trees. Is moss bee pollinated or does it perhaps thrive on bee poop? The interesting thing ...
  Topic: Do bees like moss?
Solarpat

Replies: 22
Views: 23480

PostForum: Photo gallery   Posted: Tue Feb 03, 2015 3:56 am   Subject: Re: Do bees like moss?
Way back in the 'old days' my grandfather used to cut motorcycle tires longitudinally and then stuff each half with moss before topping up with water. Worked really well for the purpose.

He would d ...
  Topic: Do bees like moss?
Solarpat

Replies: 22
Views: 23480

PostForum: Photo gallery   Posted: Mon Feb 02, 2015 7:03 am   Subject: Do bees like moss?
About three weeks ago we started noticing bees going to a mossy patch under the willow tree. I shot some video of it in the hopes someone would know how the bees are benefiting from it.
Here's some ...
  Topic: Solarbeez blogpost
Solarpat

Replies: 10
Views: 15117

PostForum: Perone Hive   Posted: Mon Jan 12, 2015 6:57 pm   Subject: Re: Update on second Perone hive

BTW, is it possible to provide an estimate of the volume of the comb
in the hive that died/absconded ? It looks more or less triangular, so half height times width times depth should do it. I'm pr ...
  Topic: Solarbeez blogpost
Solarpat

Replies: 10
Views: 15117

PostForum: Perone Hive   Posted: Sat Jan 10, 2015 3:43 pm   Subject: Update on second Perone hive
To be honest, I'd rather not post this, but to be honest, I should. Vernon wrote to tell me his 2nd Perone hive had a failure. As can be expected he is really unhappy about it, but he sent me some p ...
 
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