Hope you enjoyed lots of local honey today to celebrate May 29th as the international 'Day of the Honey Bee'! Hug your local beekeeper, or better yet, buy some honey or beeswax products from them! Our girls didn't leave the hives today in the constant rain so we couldn't salute them on their way through… Continue reading Day of the Honey Bee!
What do you get when you take three happy kids, a few adults and a couple of hundred metres of freshly mowed wavy paths through a field of baby nut trees? A wildly fun game of freeze tag, where every staked tree, mobile chicken coop, hugelkulture row or clump of grass is a help or hindrance… Continue reading Nurturing nuts
With several hundred onion seedlings now thriving in the ground, we can focus our attention on the ornamental members of the Allium (onion) family. These orbs of lush purple flowers are at their peak this week and vibrate with nectar seeking insects. They are the focal point of this weeks' cut flower CSA bee-friendly bouquets and paired… Continue reading Mid May Madness
Some virtual blooms for our mama's a few provinces to the east...wish we could deliver them to your door! This week's ingredients include columbine; peony seed pods; lilacs and chestnut blooms. Mother's Day wouldn't be complete without a new episode of "Chick TV on channel Hen...". We're all taking ample breaks from planting and weeding… Continue reading Mother’s Day
We can't stop shoving our noses into bucketfuls of lilac (Syringa vulgaris)! This is one of my favourite cut flowers to harvest because it entails getting up off the ground and into the orchard ladder. We get a better bees-eye-view that way.
We awoke to frosty conditions this morning but it was short-lived. Beautiful reminder not to rush the growing season too quickly. The honey bees have had their fill of nectar from the first push of 'weeds'. We're leaving the seed heads for the golden crowned and white crowned sparrows who feed intensely in the fields. Seems… Continue reading Last Frost!