The first Monday in August is a holiday in most of Canada – different provinces call it different things, but really, it’s just an excuse for a long weekend in the middle of summer. Any why not? It’s hot, it’s sunny, our winters are long and cold…It’s a perfect weekend for camping, hiking, cycling, eating and, of course, gardening. Even the bees love this time of year. I have two hives at the back of the property this year (wrote about it a few weeks ago here), and the bees were out in force yesterday, gathering honey and nectar from just about every flower they could find. Here are some examples:
1 – Just outside the back door, in the herb garden, is an oregano patch. Every year I let it flower since it attracts a huge variety of pollinators.
2 – I saved some seeds from last year’s marigold – Tagetes ‘Fireball’ and they germinated readily enough. This variety has different shades of orange and red flowers – bees seem to find them useful.
3 – The keeled garlic – Allium carinatum – is blooming beautifully – caught this bee hanging on to the tip of one teh tiny flowers.
4 – Here are the hives this weekend – buzzing with activity. When it was really really hot last week the sound from the hives was remarkably loud — thousands of bees flapping their wings, creating a living air conditioning system so that the queen and eggs could manage the heat.
5 – Now for something completely different – a shed! Neighbours moved a few kilometres away and gave us their shed. This is not your normal pre-fab metal or composite wood shed. It’s real wood, really heavy and, as it turns out, not nearly large enough! Very grateful to have it though as it means I’ve moved the lawnmower and an assortment of tools off the back porch.
6 – One more bee shot to end today’s Six. I have loads and loads of Echinacea – it really loves our clay soil and self seeds like crazy. If you’d like to see garden photos from around the world, click over to The Propagator’s site – he hosts this amazing blog meme every week.