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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.
|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.