so update on the mason bees. well at first, i was thrilled. several times a day i checked on them after we set up the bee house and i always saw little bees waking up and sitting in the sun to warm themselves. then for several weeks, i didn't see any except for the occasional little gal. then i worried that the robins had eaten them. then i got really sad thinking that i had done something wrong. then i started to notice them in and around the woods - apparently since they prefer holes in wood to build their nests, i surmised that they may have all left the little home and gone to the woods. which is fine - i just want these little pollinators living in my yard and pollinating all of our food. and then today - look what i saw! it's hard to see and i promise to take a better picture but one of the holes in the house is filled with mud! woohoo - we have bees!
although both jambaloney and i have both noticed that we have waaaaay more bees flying around so far this year than we had over the whole summer last year. we think it is because it didn't rain non-stop through all of april, may, june and july like it did last year. plus, with so many sunny days as we have been having, there is a ton more flowers this year than last. i am so happy. we need all of those bees!
of course, up next, the obligatory sky pics for my friend Helga. Helga hurry up and move here! my friends Sandy, Jane, PracticalP and Jennifer also say that they like the sky pics. they might just be blowing sunshine up my u-no-where but hey, that's what friends are for! this is out back this morning looking towards the river:
this is out front - notice that all of the trees on the ridge are filled in? so beautiful and such a pretty shade of green this time of year. they will get greener and greener as the weeks go by. and look at those floaty clouds. our skies always look like this. and there is never any humidity. i hated the humidity back in the city!
one last one of the back. i just love those clouds. and honestly - if you guys are sick of the sky pics - just say so. but you should actually be thanking me for only posting 3 or 4 every 3 or 4 days - i actually want to post 2,000 pics of the sky each day. your welcome!
woohoo! i left some onions in their beds to over-winter hoping that they would bolt in early summer in order to get their seeds. this guy is way ahead of everyone else!
i did the same with the brussel sprouts - woohoo! this guy bolted and threw out beautiful flowers! can you say - bags and bags of my own heirloom seeds - woohoo!
the clover is starting to come up all over the yard - the bees, bunnies and birds love this stuff! i love it too! the flower heads make a delicious tea and are beautiful in bath salts when dried! nothing like having a bath with a cup of epsom salt and a cup of dried clover flowers!
here is my anise hyssop which i left in the ground over the winter. it never really actually died over the winter and i am expecting it to bolt and flower soon!
oh ya - i forgot that we had re-arranged our deck - also known as an additional room to this cramped little cottage. we love this deck and we love the new layout!
(1st Man - take a gander at the candle sconces on each side of the window. i would send those to you in a heartbeat if they didn't weigh 6 million pounds each!!!)
please don't anyone notice the messy porch! it's hard to keep that porch clean when we use it as a collection room for everything!
well that's it for this sunny monday. tomorrow is supposed to be even sunnier and warmer - woohoo!