Archive | April, 2013

Waiting for bees

17 Apr Beehive Stands

Received word that my new nucleus colony (nuc) with an Italian queen should be ready for pick up in 2 weeks – I can’t wait!  My first package bees with an Italian queen were the sweetest in nature so I’m hoping for the same.   I spent time this weekend preparing a new spot for the hives and leveling the hive stands.    I used cement foundation pieces from old pillars reclaimed from the renovated front porch to create a level base for the cinder block hive stands.  This should help to keep the vegetable oil covering all parts of the tray in the screened bottom board trap I use to control small hive beetle.

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April – Hot and Cold

14 Apr

What a week of temperature fluctuations!  On Wednesday it was over 91 degrees here in Baltimore which is very unusual for this time of year.  Took photos in the morning of sprouts and by the time I came home from work in the evening, some of those plants had grown inches!!

Here are the bloom updates from this week …

Mayapple sprout and Mayapple foliage

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Soft petals of pink Star Magnolia … my favorite

Pink Star Magnolia

Pink Star Magnolia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bloodroot

Bloodroot

Redbud

Redbud

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Spring’s warmth arrived

9 Apr

Finally some warmer temps!  Heard this hawk (?) overhead while I was gardening on Sunday … I’m still trying to id it.

Wooly Adelgid on Hemlock

As for plant pest id’s – unfortunately I discovered wooly adelgid attacking my native Eastern hemlock – I mixed up some horticultural oil and sprayed the branches above and below to help reduce the numbers.   Whew!  I’m glad I noticed during the egg laying/crawler stage when it’s an appropriate time to spray.

After that project, I took a walk around the yard to look for new plants blooming and here’s what I found…

Pink Star Magnolia blooms

Pink Star magnolia bud

Grape Hyacinth sprouting

Grape Hyacinth sprouts

Peony sprouting from the ground like clasping fingers

Peony sprouting