Here's a pic of the bee box on our back garden wall under a grapevine. It shows some of the holes have been plugged, hopefully by bees!
No-one liked our square
wooden bee-box (entry hole, glass top and wood lid) sited at the end of the
garden, though. They seem to like our lavender (& lavendula), as well as
hebe & hollyhocks in my 'wildlife garden', and runner bean and courgette
flowers. Pretty much any flowers have their insect fans. We get both bumble
bees and honey bees. In the heat of summer (as if), we leave water out,
sometimes sugar water.
a swarm in the garden in a compost bin a while back; local bee society chap
came and left a temporary hive nearby, popping the queen in to tempt the swarm.
He took them away a few days later; we were really sad to see them go.
Site owner's note: Thank you for sharing Jaqueline, and I'll keep my fingers crossed that your bee house provides a wonderful home for bees!
Very interesting to read about the honey bees settling in the compost heap. We have only ever had wasps setting up a home in ours, although I am well aware bumblebees sometimes like to make their nests in compost heaps too.
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