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We have been busy shipping mason bee cocoons and mason bee homes to our customers.  There is always lots to do.  Over Easter we visited our family on the Sunshine Coast.  I was alerted to a store sign about Mason bees.  I drove to the Sunshine Coast Nursery and took a photo of their great sign.  The photos is slightly out of focus, but here is what it says

MASON BEES ARE
SUPER GOOD
BRING THEM TO
YOUR NEIGHBOURHOOD
What a great sign to let people know that mason bees are being sold at this store.
 I hope everyone is enjoying our wonderful spring weather.  Margriet

Ahhg… time flies when you are having fun!  I thought about the blog a lot over the past couple of weeks, but have had no chance to get it.  First a new flu bug got hold of me and that was no fun.  Soon after year-end  was a must.  But now things are moving along nicely and I have a bit more time for blogging.  I picked up some interesting stories and photos from friends over the last couple of weeks.  In the next bit, I will share them with you.  I hope you like them.  Margriet

I have not harvested my cocoons yet, but when I opened one for a photo op, I noticed the beginning of moisture condensing onto trays.  My trays are stored outside and under cover to keep them dry.  But under fall conditions, when moisture content in the air is high and temperatures go down, any water vapour in the air that is inside nesting tunnels condenses onto trays. This happens each fall, when there is lots of moisture in the air and temperatures start to drop. |Under these conditions, molds start growing onto the surfaces of cocoons.  |These molds do not harm the bees that are inside each cocoon, but moldy cocoons are a little more messy to clean.  

For easier harvesting and cleaning, harvest cocoons before we get too far into the wet fall, this mold growth can be prevented.  If you find mold present wash cocoons in a 0.5% bleach bath.

In other words, harvest your cocoons as soon as you can.

A few days ago on March 20th, I drove into Vancouver and Stanley Park to see if spring had arrived in the city. Trees still don’t have their leaves, but some bushes and flowering trees are out.  These flowering trees and bushes are critical for insects to survive the cooler early spring weather.
At first sight, this is a very uninteresting side-walk,
one that is purely functional.  This was the case
until I drove by .  I had to have another look.
On closer inspection, this hedge was a Pieris japonica hedge.
The scent was awesome.  It seems that trimming the hedge
stimulates more flower production.
Pieris japonica, flowers in full bloom.
A Vancouver residential street.  No leaves were visible on these trees.
Blooming heather plants in a rockery.
Blooming cherry blossoms.
Stanley Park, Vancouver BC
Stanley Park, Vancouver BC.  North shore mountains in background.

 

Stanley park, Vancouver BC.  No leaves on these giants yet!
Grass was green and crocuses were out.

 

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