Monday, 16 May 2011

More bees please

This strange looking bee caught our eye out in the garden during the weekend.

On closer inspection, we think he had been a very busy bee. Covered in pollen.

Not everyone has a garden filled to the gills with bee boxes. The boxes help to encourage the bees. Bees also need bee food, we have lots of herbs and purple and blue flowers in the garden.  They also love poppies.

Bees might not be every one's favorite insect. They bring so much life into our garden.

Also into our greenhouse. We have a tomato, actually we have a few now,  they aren't ready to pick yet, so we haven't officially won the tomato competition. At least it gave me an incentive to look after the plants this year. They are also fed every Saturday with tomato food.

I leave the grape vines alone, I know nothing about them except, because of all our warm weather in April, they already have grapes forming on them earlier than usual.

Even our roses are out in bloom.

What has this panda bear to do with roses ?
Not a lot really. He is a 1955 panda bear with a rubber face, wood wool filled, almost beyond repair.
He is my childhood Ted. Very loved and travelled around the world in his time. Although I have to say, like me he has never crossed the equator, close, but not quite.
Why does a bear restorer have such a tatty looking bear ?
He is so loved I had to think hard before I started. I wasn't sure if I would mess up or be able to make him look better, I'll show you Tubs fate later in the week.

As well as the bees in the garden, the bats are around again. Can't blame them being out and about on such beautiful evenings.

Again, thank you so much for all your kind words and best wishes  for Ames.  We have passed on all the kisses and cuddles. 

For all her facebook fans, she had fishes for tea again tonight. As we were out in the garden she had tea ALFRESKY

She is in good hands and paws, we promise...


WoolenSails said...

We have lots of bees, no need to attract them;)
They love building nests in the roof and window shutters.

Glad Ami is doing well, she is such a sweetie.


MyCretanlife said...

Nice bee! We get loads around here too but not like yours. Pleased to hear that amie is ok and feeling better.

Old Kitty said...

How could anyone not like bees!?!? Awwww they are beautiful and are very good for all of us! Yay!! I love your beehome!!! And that bee covered in pollen - what great pics, thank you!

Hugs to Amie!! I didn't know she wasn't feeling too well? Awww poor Amie!! Hugs and purrs from me and Charlie!! She is indeed in very good hands as well as kitty and bear paws!!

I can't wait to see the fate of adorable Tubs!

Take care

Caroline B said...

Unless something drastic happens to your tomato, I may well have to throw in the towel! My plants are very big and strong but not a flower to be seen yet.
I may thrash you on the grape production though - we have even more grapes forming than last year, so I'm wondering what the final weight will be. Enought for a couple of jars of grape jelly I hope!

Christine said...

Wow Midge, that first photo is so awesome. The colors are wonderful! A very strange looking bee indeed.

♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥ said...

We know bees serve a very good purpose, but we are getting a new roof soon, and the Momster is a bit worried some bees may have taken up residence under some of the shingles. That won't make for a very fun job for the workers:(

We hope Amie is doing well.

Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

Joanna said...

Look at Mew's belly. I know it's fur:) Honey bees don't bother me, but sometimes we have yellow jackets around and they are just a nuisance.

tweedles said...

Oh your bee is so beautiful!
We like honey bees and bumble bees, but we also have bad bees like hornets and yellow jackets.
Your bee house is so nice.

Little Aimes is so beautiful enjoying the paws around her!

Allie said...

Talk about immersing yourself in your work - that bee really got into his job! I know they're necessary, Midge, but they STING. I'll stay indoors and let them alone.

Can't wait to see Tubs' make-over.

Hugs and kisses to my favorite little Amie....

MB (Embee Cavaliers) said...

I'm so glad to hear that your sweet girl is doing better. Even your bees are well looked after! Loved all the flower pictures. It still feels like spring hasn't fully arrived here yet.

Sue said...

We have lots of bees and bats, too. Our rose bush last year had only one flower all summer, but this year it's covered with buds.

Shelley said...

First off - hope sweet amie is feeling better - Scout and I send her hugs (well I send her hugs, Scout sends her snorts and kisses!) Loved that photo of the bee covered w/ pollen. Also, loved your sweet Ted - how you must've loved him! (You can see it.)

Houseelf said...

Good to hear Amie is doing better. I still talk to the bees. My gran said you should always tell them your news. I've never been stung by a bee even when gathering lavender when they've been busy on the hedge. I had to help a buff bottomed one yesterday who landed on the canoe when it was still wet. I swear it looked grateful at me. :-)

Good luck with Tubs. I hated my bear even being washed when I was a kid. Perhaps it was the sight of him being hung out to dry by his ears?