We had a lovely day at the hives today. We got there and watched the bees a while, bummed around chatting, and then our friend Winslow came to give us a hand.
First thing was to switch out an old hive stand (it was my granddad’s and was just tooooo old). Then we pulled the old beetle traps from the bottom and went in to the hive to see how the ladies are doing. They seem to be doing well, actually. Above you’ll see plenty of brood, and we saw a good amount of nectar and pollen too.
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I just returned from the UK, where my partner and I spent the past couple of weeks visiting Piet Oudolf’s gardens. Unexpectedly, I was able to squeeze in a side trip to Hummelo where I enjoyed an afternoon visit with Piet and his wife Anja.
For your viewing pleasure, I’ve shared my Flickr photo collection- UK, Netherlands garden visits FA’ 12. The collection includes over 1,500 photos from: Oudolf’s private garden, Scampston Hall, Millennium Garden at Pensthorpe Nature Reserve, Trentham Estate (including work by Tom Stuart-Smith), Bury Court (including work by Christopher Bradley-Hole), Potters Fields Park, RHS Gardens Wisley (including work by Tom Stuart-Smith, Nigel Dunnett and James Hitchmough). The collection also includes a set of photos from Sussex Prairies, designed by Paul & Pauline McBride in the New Wave Planting Style.