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How to save a tired bee

My husband found a tired and dying bee in the garden and we saved it, so I decided to make a short guide: How to save a tired bee. We acted fast and we gave her some honey. After reading on RSPB’s website, that, although obvious is not the best option as most honey is imported and can have a negative impact on them. A sugary drink made out of 2 parts sugar and 1 part water is a better alternative.

The bee my husband found was very tired, she wasn’t able to stand properly and a few times she was belly up. It was distressing to see her like that. We brought it in the kitchen and gave her honey. I covered the place with a big transparent plastic bowl, that I use for storing food. I didn’t want her to try to fly and end up on the floor.

01 How to save a tired bee

She drank some honey and was moving around in circles, turning belly up and recovering. I kept her in the kitchen for a couple of hours, checking on her. When the temperature in the conservatory wasn’t as high as it was when hubby found her, I moved her there. I kept the bowl on top as I didn’t want her to fly too soon and end up in the garden. We have a couple of insect-eating birds that come in our garden, a magpie and a common blackbird (blackbird Turdus merula) and I wanted to protect her. I’m not sure if they would eat a bee, but I didn’t want to take any chances. That was the main reason I got her in the house and I didn’t let her stay in the garden. It was hot too and I wasn’t sure it’s good for her.

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After moving her in the conservatory, she had another drink. Then she slept for another couple of hours.

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I closed the french doors to the living room, I opened both doors to the garden and I lifted the bowl. She stood there for a while. We went out with the dog for his afternoon walk. When we got home we saw that she wasn’t there, so she was able to fly. I was so happy.

So, if you find a tired bee, there are some simple steps to follow:
1. Put the bee in a safe place
2. Give her a sugary drink (1 part water and 2 parts sugar)
3. Leave her to rest for as long as she needs it
4. Make sure she can fly away when she is ready and able to do so

Bees are vital for pollination, due to loss of habitat they need our help in this kind of situation.

Garden update

A few days ago I discovered a beautiful butterfly on the dog’s bedding, my husband caught it and released it in the garden. Luckily for the butterfly, the dog was upstairs or he would have probably eaten it. There are some pictures with the butterfly at the end of this post. All the excitement of getting the butterfly out without harming him made me think I should blog more about my garden as it’s something which brings me much joy.

01 Garden update
I’ll start with the herbs. This is the rosemary I planted last year. It survived great during the winter, not that surprisingly considering the mild weather we have here. Now it has flowers and I think it looks lovely. I didn’t get the chance to read about rosemary, so I’m discovering as it goes along. In the same planter I have some garlic chives from last year. It doesn’t look as good as the rosemary, but I think I might harvest some for a pasta dish in a few weeks.
The mint from last year looked like it died, but now it’s very green and quite lush. It’s perfect to nip a few leaves for a tea or to flavour a glass of water.

02 Garden update
This is a new basil, from the supermarket. I wanted a plant from which I can harvest quickly, so I got a shop bought one and replanted it in the garden. So far it’s doing ok. The same happened with the cress and thyme.

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My garden

I talked about the garden many times because it’s very important for me. I lived in a flat for most of my life, in a busy city centre. Only a few years ago, after moving to UK, I had the opportunity to live in a house and I loved it. Our last house had a small yard, but big enough for a small table and a couple of chairs, a BBQ and some flowers.

After we bought our house last year, the garden was a priority as I mentioned in the post 5 tips for renovating.

We’ve started by removing the concrete slabs and sowing grass in September. In a few weeks the grass started to grow. In March I sow grass seeds again and hubby sprayed fertilizer. The grass started to be thicker and looked better. In May the garden gate was restored and covered with bamboo and we’ve went on with the other tasks.

01 Garden decor bird feeder with lights
I painted all the fence panels and it was a difficult task as the panels weren’t coated before and they absorbed a lot of paint. On the fence near the conservatory we’ve decided to put the white panels to give it a little more colour and to support the climbing flowers.

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Lawn update

In the middle of September I sow grass seeds hoping it will be enough time for the grass to grow before moving in. It was tricky sowing so late and only a couple of days after removing the concrete slabs. The soil is not the best and it was another issue to worry about. We’ve made little preparations to the soil before sowing.

I’m so happy with the result. What we have in the back garden can be classified as lawn. This picture was taken yesterday, a little over 5 weeks after sowing the seeds.
after 5 weeks

In March I will sow again lawn seeds, same brand – Verve. Before buying the lawn seeds I had no idea there are so many types, the one that was best for us was: Family Lawn Seeds. The grass should be thicker, more durable, but at the same time it needs more sun and water. As the garden is sunny, it was the perfect choice.

From what I’ve read, the fact that we have magpies in the garden doesn’t help. Initially I thought they are after the grass seeds, but in fact they are looking for some type of worn. Well, we’ll have to hope the grass will be resistant to our “neighbors”, as they can do some damage. I’ll have to look into garden birds (I plan to have a bird feeder and maybe a nesting box) and see their requirements.

A few days after sowing, the grass started to appear, see Soon to be lawn.

after 2 weeks and a half
The lawn after 2 weeks and a half.

after 4 weeks
after 4 weeks

Herbs in the window sill

With the exception of the rosemary, which was bought from a National Trust garden, all of them are grown from seeds. The chillies are huge and they started to produce flowers and chilli. In the right pot I have hot chilli, sage and chilli. In the left one I have rosemary, dill and chives.

Last year the chives grew too much and it wasn’t nice. Now we are harvesting weekly and it looks great!
herb garden at home 2

The rosemary it’s getting bigger and bigger. We harvest it and from the dill too. I love adding some fresh herbs in salads or on top of baked potatoes.
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herb garden at home


Update, 24/03. After 15 days, the herb garden looks like this:

As I’ve already disclosed in an older post, I’m a serial plant killer. But now, I am so happy with my attempts on gardening.

Last year we’ve bought the bushes, that already had ~50cm in height. They are doing great so far and I’m sure this year they will grow bigger. So far they are still alive!!

In the winter I’ve sowed bulbs of snowdrops, hyacinth and tulips. Until recently I’ve kept them in the back yard. But there isn’t enough sun for them and we couldn’t enjoy them, as it was too cold to stay outside. Anyway, it’s not like I could have done something bad to them… I’ve sowed the bulbs and they grew by themselves. I’ve decided to let nature take the course and I didn’t pour any water on them. I think was better like that and not my usual approach: no water for 10 days – gallons of water after that.

This is my soon-to-be herb garden. I’ve sowed the seeds a few days ago and now I wait for them to germinate. Hubby helped me and put a small plastic bag on top of each to make a greehouse-ish effect.

I hope they will grow. Unlike with the flowers, I’m very careful with the plants that I eat and I still have a basil from last year! I would love to have new 10 herbs and cook with them.