Category Archives: Garden plants

Winter forage

After some frosty days, a warm sunny one yesterday and the bees were out harvesting any blossom. Snowdrops provide a source of pollen, needed for early brood raising. Today it’s chilly again and they’re all indoors. In winter, you take … Continue reading

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Bees nest in a tree (not quite)

The picture shows an apple tree in the garden next door. Faith spotted the comb after the leaves came down in Autumn 2016. In between seeing it and taking this photo something has been munching the edges somewhat; it was … Continue reading

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ONBG visit to Rosybee Nurseries, 25th June 2016

On a typical English summers day (a bit wet) 24 of us converged on Rosybee Nurseries in south Oxfordshire to learn about their research on bee-friendly plants from proprietor – and beekeeper – Rosi Rollings. Her work covers aspects not … Continue reading

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Planting for Bees

Written by Caroline, posted on her behalf Summary of a talk given by Rosi Rollings, proprietor of Rosybee Nursery. Oxfordshire Beekeeping Association invited the local Natural Beeks to attend this talk, which took place in The Coachhouse, Quarry Road, Headington, … Continue reading

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ONBG meeting, March 2015

Eight of us gathered at Helen J’s for an evening chat in Cowley, Oxford. We looked at different types of top bar, discussed preparations for the imminent Swarm Season and swapped lore…

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Planting for bees in Oxfordshire

Here are a couple of websites with advice on garden plants, specific to our area: Oxfordshire, with its clay soils, wet climate and mild winters. Judy Webb is a local botanist, currently advising Oxford City Council on what to plant … Continue reading

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Spreading the Bee Buzz #1 – How to help

A friend commented that I talk a lot about bee problems, but what was I actually doing about them? I tried some lobbying about neonics with my MP (got a polite brushoff from DEFRA) and the BBKA (long story), now … Continue reading

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