Welcome to the blog for June 2010

The theme for this month’s articles is Summer abundance.

Welcome to the blog for June 2010

Firstly let me make my apologies for this being late – life has been really hectic from mid May onwards, due to work, allotments and bees. I have spent many hours chasing swarms of bees, preventing swarms and keeping up with the nectar and honey that the bees are collecting. Hopefully in the next week we will be able to extract our first honey. It is mostly dandelion so has a wonderful pale yellow colour with a slightly peppery taste.

Due to the amount of time spent trying to keep up with things I have got a bit behind with my goal setting. Over the next few days I am going to make a list of things that I need to do this month and also things I want to do for myself. I feel it is important that you achieve something for yourself each month or else you become driven by work and what needs to be done! The other important thing I will do is to write down everything that can be left for a while and then I will burn these to release them until a later date.

On the 21st June we see the Summer Equinox (longest day) with the New Moon on the 12th June and the full moon on the 26th June

The theme for this month’s articles is Summer abundance. There will be articles on:

  • Seasonal essential oils
  • Seasonal skin care
  • Summer Solstice
  • Recipe for Elderflower champagne

Herbs

2 thoughts on “Welcome to the blog for June 2010

  1. Hi,

    When you have time can you suggest plants that will attract bees to the garden? We have a huge orange blossom which was full of honey bees when the flowers were out, now the flowers have gone so have the bees. The orange blossom is over our front door and it was lovely to duck underneath the bush and watch the bees working. They were not upset with us watching them.

    1. HI,

      Thanks for the comment – watching bees working away gathering pollen and nectar is wonderful! I have added a link to the BBKA website as they issue leaflets about trees and shrubs that are useful to bees.
      At the start of the year bees use crocus and snowdrops as their first forage, moving on to other bulbs and flowering currant. Dandelions are a great favourite and this year there has been lots around my bees. They then work may blossom, elderflower, brambles in the hedgerows. They love borage, lavender, thyme and rosemary which are all good plants for the garden. Ceonothus, ivy and pyracantha also attract lots of bees. In the autumn balsam and ivy provide good forage for the last gathering of winter stores.
      Large flat flowers are best for honey bees to forage on as they will not push their way into flowers like bumble bees
      Link for leaflets – http://www.britishbee.org.uk/information_leaflets.php

      Hope this helps and brings the bees back to your garden
      Anita

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