Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Waiting for the bees

It was suggested in my bee book to keep a bee journal.
This appeals to every part of me!

I took one of the mini journals my friend gave me for Christmas
and decorated it.
I am working on a book mark too.

Since my husband hung the bee box last night I thought I best begin writing.
I do not want to forget when I see my first Orchard Mason Bee!

I saw a few Honey Bees in the vinca today.
I decided to write about all the different bees in my area and my experience with them. I am recording time of day I see the bees, temperature and where.

The wild violets have also begun to bloom.
The bees have not found those flowers yet.


Cheryl said...

Hi Sherry...Loving this bee post, you know me and bees. I to keep a diary to make notes of all the wildlife that come into my garden.
I looked today at the last two years. My mason bees came out on the 11th April last year and the
18th the year before that.
I adore the photo of your honey bee.

Lisa at Greenbow said...

It will be interesting to see what type of bees you see in your garden. Do keep us posted. This will also encourage me to keep an eye out for any buzzers.

Anonymous said...

Oh i just adore that you have bees . . . and i love your journal.

I just dropped by to say hello
and to let you know there is a
little contest going on at My Serentity Garden
If you’d like to join in.

Anonymous said...

Just don't get stung by one while you take your notes ;)

smilnsigh said...

Oh you have wild violets already! Oh wonderful!!!!!!!!!!


Q said...

Dear Cheryl,
I normally write when I have a wildlife sighting but I have never kept a detailed diary. The Bee Journal will just be about the bees! Your Mason bees will be out soon!
My box is up so I hope to begin the process. I also have requested lots of books from our library about bees and basic bee keeping.

While walking I took a few honey bee photos. I liked this one because it showed a wee bit of Bee personality! No Bumble Bees yet. Just too cold I expect.
Bee watching is as fun as bird and butterfly watching!

Q said...

Dear Lisa,
Bee awareness! I love that. I think they are very important for our flowers and our food!
I will let you know what I learn and spot! There are lots of different types of native bees in my area. I hope to begin learning about all of them. I need a bee id book!
Sherry, a bee lover

Q said...

Dear Becky,
Bees are very fun to study. I think they are darling too. I have many bee things around in my house in April. I will be leaving some of them up this year too since the bee is the insect of the year for 2008.
May all your garden time bee delightful!
I will pop over and see what fun games you are playing.

Q said...

Dear Cathy,
I do not think a bee will bother me! LOL
I will watch and write and take pictures and watch some more...

Q said...

Dear Mari-Nanci,
The wild violets are tucked in still, I can see them! They will pop up as soon as the rains end! I hope to see some bees and butterflies on them very soon.

Mel said...

Hi Sherry!
The journal is always a great idea, it's always nice to later on look back and find things that made us happy :)
Let's all BEE happy!!
I'll bee happy inside my house for obvious reasons :(
Anyway, my latest post have a little something for you :)

Mary said...

Sherry, I look forward to your success with the bees. I find them to be so much fun to photograph because they hover nearby - not zipping and escaping like the hummers and other birds.


Chrissie said...

The bee box does look interesting. Perhaps if you make one you can show us how :-) I had never heard of mason bees before Cheryl mentioned them. I do hope you are feeling a bit better. Spring coughs and colds can make you feel so down.

Cheryl said...

Get well wishes Sherry....get better soon.

Q said...

Dear Mel,
Bee Awareness! "Without the bees we would all be dead within 4 years," I read. They are the worlds's greatest pollinators.
I also think they are very marvelous and I am totally smitten...I am in love with the bees...all the bees, even the Killer Bees from Africa.
Thank you for your kindness.
It is a joy getting to know you.

Q said...

Dear Mary,
The bees are very wonderful. I adore them! I will continue to do posts about the bees. I bought a dish garden for my deck yesterday, just in case I have a Bumble Bee emerge before I have flowers. Last year I had a bumble bee friend, Mr. Bumbles.
My husband was reading last night that Honey Bees can recognize human faces. I know Mr. Bumbles knew me!
I also enjoy photographing the bees. For the most part they do not care if I am about or not!
Yeah for bees!

Q said...

Dear Chris,
I will show when I make a bee box. I think they will be very easy to do. I also did not know about the Orchard Mason Bees until Cheryl told about them. When I did some research and learned they were native to North America I was very excited! Being able to keep Mason bees is wonderful. The Honey Bee is really from Europe! Not native to my area.
I have been reading about honey as well as the honey bee. Such a fascinating history.
I am feeling much better this morning. I hope this means the virus is over. It was a stomach virus of some sort. I could not eat anything with out getting terrible pains.
The sun is shining and I think it is to warm up this week. I really need warmer days! I would love to get a few walks in. Maybe even see a bee dance or two!

Q said...

Dear Cheryl,
Thank you!
I am feeling rather well this morning! I woke with normal energy and I am having a cup of coffee! It seems to be sitting on my tummy just fine. If coffee sits fine than maybe I am well???!!
It seems as if I have been sick for so long. This virus just zapped me.