I have a 15 x 20 area near the fireplace where mint and horseradish have taken over. Some milkweed joined in 1 plant and And now there are 20....I was planning to cleanup the area but the milkweed is in bloom and it has a beautiful fragrance drawing bees and butterflies....so I’ve left it in place. I’ll probably regret leaving it in place. Just not right now 😁 bees and butterflies cover the blooms.
I've started seeing a few bees in the white clover & a few around the horse water tank. I think they are getting the salt water near the salt block. Not sure why there were no bees in the purple clover along the road. It's been raining a lot. Wish I could follow the little buggers to see where they go. I'd like to see the hive. I was able to get close to the ones in the salt water. I don't see any mites on them.
There's a chestnut tree near the garden and it has been in bloom for the past week or so. Can hear lots of buzzing but seeing nothing on the lower blooms. Did fish six bumblebees out of kiddos pool yesterday. One was still alive so moved him to one of the potted tomatoes where he could dry off without getting inadvertently squashed.
Hubby got a stone birdbath from a neighbor that was going to take a sledgehammer to. It's the kind that looks like pebbles. Anyway, we put it in the garden. Holy cow it is a bee magnet. We have bee hives on our property so that explains where they are coming from, but I've never seen so many in a birdbath. The rough surface must be ideal for them to drink and not fall in. I do have a couple of rocks in there too. Now the Bumblebees are joining in. I must say I don't have a problem with pollinators.
My birdbath bit the dust...the top did...still have the base. I have to replace the dish early every season. The I d takes it the deer knock it off the stand...it’s ceramic and HEAVY. Yet the wind..can drop it off the stand.
DW..I originally pu my ceramic bird bath at a ceramic studio. They have replacements available but they are expensive. More tHan the entire original piece. So I’ve resorted to creativity...I’m always looking for large shallow dishes of 15” or larger....a clear glass antique ceiling light cover, a catch dish for a huge planter pots, I’ve painted and decorated wocks, eyes peel at goodwill, tag sales and always looking. We get serious winds here during storms so I’ve replaced dishes a lot. Fastened them to the base w clear glue or caulk, but it doesn’t always work. Big lots had a birdbath w a top dish that was made of resin. I’m just always looking. We had more than 5” of rain this past week with another 5-6” coming today from Elsa. I feel like I’m back in Florida. Everything is saturated! I’m afraid to go down in the basement.