I like bees in general and am always fascinated by the variety of solitary bees that visit the Courtyard Garden.
We also get honey bees, mainly I suspect, because there are two plot holders who keep bees at our allotment site just two streets away. This I am happy about because if there is one thing an allotment holder needs its bees on tap, or we would never have any produce.
During the week – and for the second time this month – bees on the allotment site swarmed and settled in my plot. Quite exciting, and fascinating to watch as the keeper placed a bee box behind the espalier apple tree where the swarm had gathered and coaxed the queen inside. It would, he told me, take a while for the whole swarm to follow.
This did mean that having put up the frames earlier in the week I had to postpone putting the nets over the currants. But I can do that another day. Small price to pay for watching nature in all its glory.