Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Save the Date!: All Soul's Day (November 2) at Moberly with A Beekeeper and a Beespeaker


 Photo by Madame Beespeaker: Gaillardia blossoms in a water dish for bees with shells, stones, moss and twigs for the insects to alight upon.


All Soul's Day with a Beekeeper and a Beespeaker

at Moberly Arts and Cultural Centre

Sunday Nov. 2 @ 2:30 pm to 4 pm.

Where: Moberly Arts and Cultural Centre
7646 Prince Albert Street, (one block east of 60th and Fraser)

Cost: Free


Join us at the Moberly Arts and Cultural Centre Community for a special afternoon with Master Beekeeper Brian Campbell who is customizing new seed mixes of local wildflowers for bees. Brian will talk about his latest work and give us his special tips on how to germinate wildflower seeds.

Lori Weidenhammer aka Madame Beespeaker will talk about Telling the Bees, reviving a tradition of making messages for the bees and informing them of important events such as a death in the community. Participants will be provided with materials to make their own messages for the bees to take home or install in the meditation garden at Moberly.


Thursday, October 9, 2014

A New Bee Garden in North Vancouver



Here's a beautiful video to watch over the winter months for those of us who take pleasure in seeing the bees work the flowers. This is a new bee garden in North Vancouver near Edgemont Village created by the Bee Friendly folks and their partners.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Join us This Sunday Sept 28, 11-1 pm for a Pollinator Picnic at Moberly Arts and Cultural Centre

 


Sunday Sept 28 @ 11 am to 1 pm

Join us at the Moberly Arts and Cultural Centre Community Garden for a picnic in the garden. Learn about pollinators and help build our garden and keep it beautiful. Please bring your own picnic brunch/lunch and dress for garden work RAIN OR SHINE!

Artist in Residence Lori Weidenhammer will talk about what you can do in the fall to attract bees to your gardens in the spring.
 

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

If You Want to Plant Dahlias for Bees, Choose This One


Dahlia 'Bishop of Llandaff' is a good choice for bees because it provides pollen for honeybees to build up vitellogenin for the winter and gives queen bumblebees a chance to build up their fat stores for hibernation.

Monday, August 18, 2014

The Incredibly Tiny Hulk: Perilampid Wasps

 



Something surprises me every time I look for insects in gardens and when I saw a glittering turquoise wasp lurking on the leaves of a sunflower in my mom's garden, I assumed it was a little jewel wasp. Then I looked at the photograph and realized his critter looked like a jewel wasp on steroids. I identified it by seeing a similar creature on Bug Eric's website who helped me recognize it as a perilampid wasp which is a wasp that "parasitizes the parasites", making it a "hyperparasitoid wasp". There's a famous quote in the movie Jaws, when Brody says "We're gonna need a bigger boat." When I see these tiny fascinating creatures, I whisper to myself "I'm gonna need a bigger lens."

Sunday, August 17, 2014

You are Invited to Pollinator Picnic at Moberly Arts Centre Community Garden with Lori Snyder

 
Sunday Aug 24 @ 11 am to 1 pm--with special guest Lori Snyder

Join us at the Moberly Arts and Cultural Centre Community Garden for a picnic in the garden. Learn about pollinators and help build our garden and keep it beautiful. Please bring your own picnic brunch/lunch and dress for garden work!
 
Where: Behind the Moberly Arts and Cultural Centre
7646 Prince Albert Street, (one block east of 60th and Fraser)

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Prairie Bees


 I'm on the road in Alberta and Saskatchewan visiting family and taking photos of bees for my book. I found two patches of these wild upright prairie coneflowers (Ratibida columnifera).


The leafcutter bees are huge out here!


And found this little cutie in my mom's garden in Cactus Lake clinging to a leaf by her mandibles while she grooms herself. Beautiful!