Thursday, 24 May 2007

BEE FIGHTS, BEANS AND A WALK

I noticed something I'd never seen before in our garden today. I am always fascinated by the bees as the race around the garden looking for their favourite nectar bars but this morning I noticed 2 particular bees FIGHTING! They were really having a go at each other and then one of the bees clasped the other in his legs; flew off with him and dropped him on the other side of the fence; then flew back to the Osteospernum that they had both been fighting near. Is this unusual behaviour or is it just that I've never noticed it before?

I'm very disappointed at the weather forecast for Bank Holiday Monday; whereas tonight's minimum temperature is 13C....on Monday they reckon that will be the highest daytime temperature with it dropping to 5C during the night! I do hope the F word isn't mentioned....(frost).....although most of the tender plants are in pots or baskets it would be a heck of a job to fleece them or bring them in. I'm glad I haven't planted these little fellas out yet.........

these are the Hestia Runner Beans that I planted; Talj had bought herself a pack of seed when she visited and gave me a few to try. I've no room in the garden for them so intend to plant them out in a tub; they are a dwarf growing variety that Mick and I had never tried. They are supposed to be disease resistant and easy to grow, bearing heavy crops of stringless, high quality and delicious beans....well that's what it says on the pack! It will be the first time I've ever grown beans on my own...Mick was always the "Bean King" and would lovingly dig out his trenches and fill them with a "good drop of well rotted horse sh*t".........well I don't have any sh*t, an all purpose compost will be filling my tub...so maybe I won't reach the lofty heights of "Bean Queen"......maybe "Bean Princess"????

This afternoon was cloudy and warm; just right for a walk...so much nicer when the sun's not baking down on your head. We are so lucky to have such beautiful scenery so nearby.










As you can tell I had my camera with me and was glad no one was around as I tried to photograph the ever moving butterflies that flitted about. I didn't manage to get a single photo of one! I did manage to capture this though;
I've been looking through Mark's Gallery to see if I can spot what it is...not quite sure yet. I must get myself a good book..........I think this next one that I took the other day (this photo a slightly different angle than the one I put on my P.A.D.) is some sort of Chaser?

Well I've been typing this in the garden and the light's starting to go so I'm back off inside to watch a programme I've taped........That's right...the Chelsea Flower Shower (sponsored by Marshalls.....it does make me smile the way Alan T & co have to say that every time they mention the show).............now what "must have plant" will I see tonight!!!!

2 comments:

Natalya said...

My beans have just started to peak through today too! Very exciting, look forward to seeing how we get on!

Great photos from you again too Ruth, really lovely :o) {{{hugs}}} xx

Gledwood said...

Were they bumble or honey?

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