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blueblood
May 19th 2012, 12:34 PM
Enjoy some shots of the clover and wildflower fields...the bees are working real hard on this clover field!
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blueblood
Jun 11th 2012, 11:00 PM
A new wave of flowers have popped up. I didn't see one honey bee on them. They are focused on my white clover. Heck, they may not be able to collect from coreopsis, black eyed susan or blanket flowers...
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Marbees
Jun 12th 2012, 12:10 AM
Don't worry, they will get to them, clover is always numero uno,but they will find the way to others.
Nice pictures:thumbsup:

blueblood
Jun 12th 2012, 08:25 AM
Thanks....see how dry the ground is?

HisPalette
Jun 12th 2012, 10:46 AM
Mine are on the clover,

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bearded tongue, the burgundy colored foliage plant with white flowers
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veronica (pink speedwell)
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and mostly on the butterfly bushes
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and butterfly plant.
The orange field wild flower...
Not sure how beneficial to honey but they are working them.

blueblood
Jun 12th 2012, 12:09 PM
Awesome....did you build that pond for landscaping? Looks like a fountain there of sorts right? Looks good...

HisPalette
Jun 12th 2012, 10:05 PM
Yes, It is all man made. We started with a sand pit in 2009. It has a Goldfish Pond in the middle with 3 gold fish, A fountain that only runs with our hose for now and it all is irrigated to run ditches to the "lazy river" for the larger wildlife. Deer, rabbits, birds, and frogs, drink an bathe.444544464447

blueblood
Jun 12th 2012, 10:52 PM
Very impressive...allot of work there...how tempting was it to put one of your hives right in the middle of that? I would love to sit in the evening and watch the bees in the landscaping...

HisPalette
Jun 13th 2012, 08:34 AM
This plot started out a a barren area the previous owners were going to use as a horse paddock. We used it for fourwheelers - the kids did donuts. Then the water started pooling here and there...I got out the shovel and started most of the digging. Phew! Steve and I both took turns digging by hand...Then scrap wood, Portland (we had plenty of sand), blocks and UGL waterproofer....Three years later!

" I would love to sit in the evening and watch the bees in the landscaping..."

We do just that, They are at the fountain, sun up to sundown. They love the fresh cold water. Ten at a time skip the surface, drinking on the fly, while others land in the sand and fill up. There are little footprints from the bees in the little ditches...others land on the pond lily pads (craft foam lily pads to keep the sun out and control algae).

It is a work in progress and I don't think we will ever be completed. It is very informal and the goal is a natural woodland setting. We control weeds by planting weeds we want basically, like herbs. The wild life at dusk is a comedy show. There is a mocking bird nest in the hollywood juniper so she controls the garden for now. Lots about this garden on our blog, but it started like this...
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