Thursday, June 3, 2010

☂ Maple Tree Update ☂

Today my little sprouted maple tree was planted outside. It is a fine looking tree ! Here is how it looked about a week ago.

I picked a spot on the north side of the house for the sprout to grow. That way it won't shade the garden, which is on the south.

Given that I live in grasslands, trees need lots of attention to make sure they grow. Over many acres we only have one wild tree, an elm. So this little maple will need lots of water and care if we want it to survive.

I'm up for the challenge !

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

✈ Swarm of Bees ✈

Sometimes events happen that just take priority. That's what happened here over the weekend.

What started out sounding like a low flying airplane actually turned out to be a moving swarm of honey bees. They were flying around our house looking for a place to live. This yellow weed flower became their temporary home yesterday afternoon.

After some research, my husband decided to make an attempt to keep the bees. We already have two hives, so what's a few thousand more? The picture doesn't show all the bees around the base of the plant, but let me assure you, there were lots down there !!

The bees (and the plant!) are now in a screen topped large cardboard box, in a barn for shade. A new wooden hive is being built, and soon the bees will be introduced to their new cozy home. I think we will have lots of honey this fall !!