May 31, 2015

Bees are not the only ones crazy about the blue indigo spires and the black and blue salvia. I also observe Annas hummingbirds sipping nectar from these plants. They tend to feed there in the morning and evening, while the bees and butterflies are on these plants durin...

May 31, 2015

Honey bee collecting nectar from a double cranberry cosmos flower

 

Last month I bought two cosmos seedlings from Annie's Annuals because I haven't had a lot of luck planting them from seed. Now they are producing beautiful flowers and attracting bees and butterflies. I...

May 27, 2015

This is probably the best presentation and explanation of the bee population crisis.

A MUST SEE for everyone!

 

The four causes of our bee population crisis:

Pesticides

Monoculture

Diseases and parasites

Flowerless landscapes

 

We need to nurture and feed the bees!

May 25, 2015

bee house for solitary bees

 

Yesterday we visited the Oakland Museum to see the "Bees: Tiny Insect, Big Impact" exhibit http://www.museumca.org/exhibit/bees

It's a very informative exhibit, with great visuals and includes interactive features for children.

I really enjoye...

May 22, 2015

 

 

Nasturtiums are a popular nectar and pollen source for the honey bees. 

 

Although I don't remember ever planting nasturtiums in the garden, they are always popping up all over the place, seeding themselves around other plants, even in container pots! They provide a lo...

May 21, 2015

Chestnut back chickadee fledgling

 

 

The garden is full of bird activity and song every day from morning through twilight.

Here are some photos I took a few days ago.

 

I was walking around the garden with my camera and heard the distinctive chatter and song of chickadees s...

May 19, 2015

 Delta Sunflower helianthus annuus

 

Every year I buy a couple of sunflower seedlings from Annies Annuals as a treat for the bees. I have never had luck growing a sunflower plant from seed because as soon as it would sprout to about 1 inch tall, something would bite them...

May 16, 2015

carpenter bee and honey bee on Dwarf Indigo Spire

 

All day long this plant attracts and feeds the bees. It's truly an example of "if you plant it they will come". In the above photo the honey bee is on the lower right of the spire while the carpenter bee is a little hig...

May 14, 2015

 

Honey bee on Lisbon lemon blossoms

 

As you may remember from one of my early April posts, we discovered that the beloved lemon tree was under siege of white fly blight. We knew that we had to apply some kind of treatment to get rid of, or at least lessen the problem to...

May 12, 2015

 Here's my adaptation of one of Yotam Ottolenghi's delicious recipes from his "Jerusalem" cookbook. I serve it with fresh crusty bread, but you can also serve it with rice. Because I try to just use what produce is in season, this is the only time of year to make the f...

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bees in the bay breeze
 

For years I have been sharing ideas, gardening tips and recipes  with family, friends and colleagues.

And now I'd like to share them with you!

 

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