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Daily Archives: June 12, 2011

We had a wonderful visit to Rome.  Always on the look-out for Bee pollinated flowers, I managed to see an olive tree in full bloom.  Olive trees have a grey foliage with tiny cream coloured flowers. 
Olive tree flowers in full bloom- end of May.

The huge and awesome Colosseum of Rome.

The local roads of the ancient Roman town of Pompei with Mt Vesuvius in the background.
One of the beautiful mosaics of Pompei.  
A delicate 5 coloured mosaic in the ancient coastal port of Rome,  Ostia Antica.
Most mosaics that we saw were black and white.
Flower Market in Utrecht, Holland
Campanula- a bee attractive plant.
These two varieties of bee attractive Sage
Salvia, a bee attractive plant
Buying flowers at the market

Here a  few pictures of bee attractive flowers at a flower market in Utrecht, Holland.  I only took pictures of flowers that had bumble bees foraging amongst the flowers.  This is a great way to buy flowers that are bee attractive and flowers that will feed bees in your garden.

The screen dangles from a screw at this nest.

Joe S.  from Burnaby, has come up with a very simple way of protecting his nests AFTER bees have stopped flying or when the nest is full ( Note:  Mason Bees tend to avoid nests with screens).

The screen is not fixed into place but dangles and moves with the wind, making it very awkward for woodpeckers to land at the nest.

Paperclips are used here to give the screen
the proper positioning over the nesting holes.

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