It’s Swarm Season

I was determined to have a very productive bee day yesterday. I was going to participate in a honey bee virtual zoom conference, polish off a lecture I'm giving next week on honey bee biology, get through a mountain of emails (that only ever seems to grow bigger!) and a bunch of other tasks on... Continue Reading →

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Black Lives Matter

I sat down this morning to write my usual Friday post, Featured Flowers, with the plan to talk all about the native Canada Columbine. I had my notes jotted down on what I wanted to say and pictures taken of some beautiful blooms I captured at the school pollinator garden yesterday. But before I put... Continue Reading →

Feature Flower: Native Gardens

Warmer weather has finally arrived in Southwestern Ontario. My garden is bursting with life now and lots of plants are starting to show off their beautiful blooms. 2 years ago I put in gardens that ran along the front of my house, and I have been slowly filling them up and getting to a point... Continue Reading →

The Murder hornet…dun, dun, dun

Many of you have probably seen the headlines circulating in major newspapers and Facebook posts about the Murder Hornet making an appearance in the United States and Canada. Although I am glad to see attention being drawn to this serious threat to our honey bees and the beekeeping industry, I want to clarify a few... Continue Reading →

I’ve been robbed!

Or more specifically my bees have been. It is an unpleasant part of keeping bees - the fact that although fascinating and amazing creatures that can be a pure joy to watch toil away, there is indeed a dark and sinister undercurrent to the colony. Okay that might be a bit dramatic but let me... Continue Reading →

September

Wow what a month for all things bee! It has been a long time since I posted and it isn't because I was taking a break. Far from it! This month saw me travel to Montreal, Quebec and Raleigh, North Carolina to immerse myself in expanding my bee education. I've also been busy trouble-shooting with... Continue Reading →

Featured Flower: Obedient Plant

The Obedient plant (Physostegia virginiana), or False Dragonhead as it is also commonly known, is a native plant to Eastern Canada and the United States. The common name - obedient plant - comes from the fact that if you gently push the flower into a different position it will stay there as though it is... Continue Reading →

National Honey Bee Day

Yesterday - August 17th - was National Honey Bee Day. Okay this is in the USA but, hey, I think honey bees are worth celebrating so I'm considering it a day here in Canada too! So with that in mind I packed up the 3 kids for a day of honey bee adventuring. And how... Continue Reading →

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