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November 14, 2019

Now that many nectar producing plants are going dormant, the English ivy seems to be the main attraction for the bees. As long as temperatures are warm enough, bees are constantly visiting the ivy berries.

The English ivy in our backyard forms a fence or wall between ou...

November 6, 2019

I'm currently reading this extraordinary memoir by award-winning journalist Meredith May, who is a  fifth- generation beekeeper.

A story of survival and courage, it is also a reminder of how much we humans can learn from bees.

October 28, 2019

Such a nice surprise to see a yellow-faced bumble bee visiting.

These bumble bees had been a constant presence in our garden from the early spring through September. For the past month I've mostly seen honey bees, and it seemed like the yellow-faced bumblebees went into...

October 26, 2019

The warm October weather keeps the pollinators around, as long as we there is nectar and pollen to be had.

Many of the native bees seem to already have gone into hibernation, since most of their food sources are now dormant. But the honey bees are still out and about.

Th...

October 22, 2019

One thing you can always be sure of, where there's lavender blooming, you'll find honey bees.

Our two lavender plants in the front yard bloom almost constantly.

When the weather is warm enough, at least around 60 degrees Fahrenheit, honey bees visit the plants throughout...

October 21, 2019

Pollinators are still in the garden this autumn, fortunately.

We've only been living in this house for a couple of years, so I keep trying to figure out which native plants to plant that will bloom at different times of the year to keep the pollinators fed.

It's still a...

September 17, 2019

Not only are milkweed plants important for the monarch butterfly larvae, but other beneficial insects are attracted to the plants as well.

For example, here a honey bee is landing on the flowerhead of narrow leaf milkweed.

Look at the leaf to the right of the honey bee,...

September 4, 2019

The blossoms on many plants are drying up, as is usual for this time of year.

But pollinators are still finding good nectar sources.

The hover fly above spent quality time in the Cosmos bipinnatus "Prom dress".

A few months ago I planted a Monardella villosa "Coyote Mint...

August 20, 2019

Stand or sit still for a while outdoors and you will see so much in nature that you never expected.

I was standing on our patio in the late afternoon, camera at my side, and noticed a different kind of shape and movement, high in the blackberry hedge. And there it was,...

August 12, 2019

Yellow-Faced Bumble Bees, Bombus vosnesenskii, have been constant visitors in our garden ever since early spring.

I don't remember seeing so many of them throughout the summertime. Usually they are the first native bees that show up in the spring, and then we don't see...

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December 9, 2019