Save The Bees, Part 2

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“Save The Bees.” by NTLB North Texas Light Brigade.
Photo credit: Linda Cooke – via BEE STRONG and SCOUT BEE

Pruning 101

Great post about pruning!

The Garden Diaries

After the hustle and bustle of the growing season, gardeners have more time to pay attention to pruning and shaping of their trees and shrubs in late fall and winter. Most people are very intimidated by pruning, but there is no reason to shy away from this necessary job for a healthy and groomed landscape.

The biggest thing to consider when pruning your woodies, is the time of year that they bloom. If you have a spring bloomer, like an azalea or lilac, then you want to prune right after it blooms, in the late summer. If you pruned an azalea in the early spring or late winter, you would be trimming off next season’s blooms. You can still shape and trim your spring-flowering shrubs in the winter, which I do all the time, just be aware that you will get less flowers in the spring because you are cutting off…

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Les Abeilles – The Bees of Paris

This reblog was inspired by this comment…
bebefreed says:
November 29, 2013 at 9:13 am
I read an article about a beekeeper who left his apiary in the country to take a job as and executive in a high rise in Paris. He was bereft to leave his bees behind. But since he was a big wig, he managed to keep a hive in his penthouse office, why high up in a high rise. He built a little tunnel that went from the hive to the window so they were actually housed indoors, yet they had a great distance to cover to find water, nectar and pollen. Yet, surprisingly, he reported that his high rise bees produced over three times more honey that his bees in the country. Consistent, prodigious yields! Go figure!

Romancing the Bee

Bees and beekeeping have a long and treasured history in Paris.

In the nineteenth century, many people left the French countryside to live in the city of Paris, and some of them brought their beloved bees along too. They soon discovered that their bees loved Paris as much as they did.

A century ago, there were more than 1000 hives in the city of Paris. The bees almost disappeared in the decades after World War II, but a new generation of beekeepers has brought them back to the city. Today, it is estimated that  there are close to 500 hives in the City of Light.

One of the first of the modern beekeepers was Jean Paucton, a retired accessory designer for the Palais Garnier, the baroque Second Empire opera house best known in the U.S. as the home of the fictional “Phantom of the Opera.”

Twenty-seven years ago, Monsieur Paucton…

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Plant a Bulb – Save a Bee

So true!!

The Forget-me-Not Cultivation Blog

I know what you are thinking – it’s far too cold and windy to be outside planting anything right now, but let me tell you this is exactly the right time to be planting the only set of flowers that will guarantee you a big fat smile in the darkest, coldest days of January.

When you see the tiniest clean growth of leaves popping through frost encrusted soil nothing lifts your spirit more, knowing that Spring is just around the corner and winter is coming to an end.

There is one more, very good reason for planting bulbs – you can help the nectar loving insects, especially the bees.  By the middle of winter bees, especially bumble bees and other solitary bees are very hungry, having lost most sources of nectar by late autumn they are in need of desperate help of food by February and March.  If…

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