Box of Bees!

Real estate in our neighborhood is pretty hot right now, at least for the bees. There are at least three separate swarms in our neighborhood today. This particular hive, on their way to a new home, decided to  swarm on one of our crabapple trees today. That would be the crabapple tree that is 10 feet away from our playground, conveniently. At least they decided to do this during school hours.

 

 

 

The local beekeeper came out and managed to brush many of the bees (including the queen, apparently) into a box, and the rest followed.

Box-o-bees. Would also make a lovely Christmas present.

2 Years Later

2 years ago today, I posted a 360 degree panorama movie of our back yard. Today I created an updated panorama for comparison. It’s amazing how much everything has grown in 2 years.

June 4, 2011
Please ignore that the grass needs to be mowed. We’re just happy it is so much healthier than it was 2 years ago. The beds are finally filling in, and the trees are maturing nicely. Many of the trees and shrubs seem to be twice as big as they were in 2009.

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June 4, 2009
I had just installed the playground back then, and hadn’t finished the mulch or edging around it.

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Here also is the full 2011 panorama as a single image. Click for a larger version.

Garden pics

Some pictures Katra took of the garden:

Our red, white and blue planter

Bumblebee on the salvia

The plantings around the base of the new Prairiefire Crabapple tree. With the exception of the small zinnias in front, these were all moved in from other locations.

Peonies

The pergola at night