Category: Bees!

Best NO FUSS Perennials for Attracting Bees and other pollinators in Idaho – Part One – Spring Bloomers

Best NO FUSS Perennials for Attracting Bees and other pollinators in Idaho – Part One – Spring Bloomers

I have read a lot of lists of the best perennials to attract pollinators, but many of them are written by people who live in other states. I wanted to make my own list of best perennials for  the bees of Southwest Idaho, Treasure Valley, eastern Oregon  .  Our hot dry summers, low humidity, alkaline soils […]

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What To Do After You Prune the Roses Without Killing the Bees and Butterflies and other Pollinators

After the roses are pruned, what happens next is fertilizing! I like to use a slow release fertilizer and I always add a few inches of compost around the rose. Try to keep it off of the stems. It can possibly cause damage to the stem. I do NOT use a systemic application to my […]

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Winter Starvation

Here is a photo example of how a hive of bees starved this winter. The bees clump together to stay warm and keep the queen alive, but when their cluster is too small, they are not able to move very far. These bees ate all the food on this honey frame, but the next frame […]

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Bee hive maintenance

Bee hive maintenance

This month we found our new hive was queenless.  We started this hive with a swarm that we captured in our pasture.  It was a small swarm, but we had great hopes for it to grow much larger since we captured it in early May.  Something happened to the queen, though and so what we […]

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Bee at work on the crocuses

Bee at work on the crocuses

I just took this photo this AM, experimenting with a new camera.  This worker bee has been busy gathering pollen from the crocuses.  Notice his hairy back legs are full of pollen and he has collected some on his front legs as well.   The pollen is sometimes referred to as “bee-bread”, and when mixed with […]

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