Saturday, July 23, 2016

Bees at the Grist Mill in Keremeos

 I always look forward to visiting the Grist Mill near Keremeos to soak up the history and stroll in the lovely gardens. We were very happy to discover a picturesque "now now zone" full of chicory for the bees. You can see how white the pollen is on the baskets of this honeybee.

This would be a great place to set up some bumblebee boxes and logs drilled with holes for cavity nesting bees.

 This little bee was basking in the sun on the fence.

 Some critter has laid her eggs on the bud of this flower.

This is the first time I've seen the outrageous zucca melon plant. Boy, was I excited. These melons are pollinated by moths at night. I'd love to go back to see the fully grown fruit in the fall.

We fell in love with these charismatic furry fauna.

 The charismatic bumblefauna were not disappointing either.

This is an example of how easy it is to site bee friendly perennials in lawns.

This is a great design, with the trellis for some clematis and honeysuckle or climbing roses.

 It's a family tradition to buy fruit at Blush Land Organic Orchard.

I'm all up for a plum party!

On a stop jut outside Manning Park a little summer osmia fits its head perfectly into a bird foot trefoil project. As Jasna says, the bees we see along the way have left us with a memory map of our journey.

This marks the end of Jasna and Lori's Excellent Summer Adventure. Many thanks to our hosts for their awesome hospitality.

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