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The Apes**t queen is dead. Or gone. But probably dead. Did our weekend hive inspection and found a dozen or so fully formed queen cells. That could be a sign that they will swarm, but there wasn’t a larva in place anywhere, so they have been queen-less for maybe a week. Really hope I wasn’t the cause. 
 

The other two hives are doing well, with one having quite a bit of drones, so the new queen will likely get a mate and things will continue to the winter. Everything should be fine in a month.

 

It also looks like another 2 gallons of honey will be coming around Tuesday as I have the bee escape board on to get the last honey box off. Then it is on to mite treatment. Chemical fun!

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17 hours ago, Neatpete said:

My dahlias have started to bloom!

I moved last summer and missed a whole season due to other priorities. It’s a fresh slate and it’ll take a few years to get it where I want it but it is great to see massive, colorful blooms starting to grace my garden.

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Spectacular!

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On 8/14/2021 at 2:39 PM, Glitterwolf said:

The flowers are blooming and we have lots of visitors, several kinds of butterflies, bees, bumblebees, flies etc etc..

Here are a few impressions.

 

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Oh wow! A Brimstone! Those are super rare over here! Awesome pics Glitterwolf.

 

Fact of the day- Brimstones are believed to be the species from which butterflies are named. The males open wings are bright yellow and they were refered to as "butter coloured flies", which in time was shortened down to "butterflies". 

 

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37 minutes ago, Kuroneko said:

 

Oh wow! A Brimstone! Those are super rare over here! Awesome pics Glitterwolf.

 

Fact of the day- Brimstones are believed to be the species from which butterflies are named. The males open wings are bright yellow and they were refered to as "butter coloured flies", which in time was shortened down to "butterflies". 

 

 

Funny, we Dutch call it a Citroenvlinder, literally translation would be Lemon Butterfly..

 

Butterfly population has declined over the years.

We're happy they visit our garden, I also put up a nest box for them, not sure if it is in use, but at least we're giving them an opportunity to do so.

Trying to plant as many flowers and plants that attract Bees, Butterflies etc, seems to be working.

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So this year's garden has mostly been a bust. I've been too busy to properly tend to it. An early heat wave made all my lettuce bolt too soon. We've had terrible weather for a lot of stuff. Powdery mildew took out most of my cherry tomatoes and eventually my green beans and ground cherries. And some folks we had working on the house accidentally trampled our herb garden.

 

But for some reason my slicing tomatoes and all my hot peppers are unfazed by all of this. I'm getting this about every five days or so from what's left. 

 

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Overall. Happy with the results of the surviving plants. And as the weather cools I may grab some more lettuce to throw out there too. 

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It’s a great time of the year for thedahliadude! All but two came up, but it was the two in the dead center of the garden 😆 but otherwise pretty happy.


I’m working on finishing a retaining wall on the garden and it’s coming along nicely. Had to remove a stump and drill out some big roots of a crab apple tree that had to go.

 

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Tried an apple from my trees for the first time. Honeycrisp, which are normally a bit tart, and mine are extremely small so I expected a very sour fruit. Nope!   Very sweet actually. Now I need to figure out what to do with all of them. 
 

Plus, the hive that lost its queen finally has a new one! Took two transplants of eggs but we will head into winter with full thrones. 

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Behold! My meagre tomato crop. Next year I'm going to concentrate on the cherry tomatoes because our garden is pretty shaded and I don't think that they get enough sun. 

 

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Bugbear for scale  ::D:

 

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16 hours ago, Neatpete said:

It’s a great time of the year for thedahliadude! All but two came up, but it was the two in the dead center of the garden 😆 but otherwise pretty happy.


I’m working on finishing a retaining wall on the garden and it’s coming along nicely. Had to remove a stump and drill out some big roots of a crab apple tree that had to go.

 

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You have an adorable assistant!

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