Bee Thirsty No MoreMarch 20, 2010
When I first met Corky to talk about bringing in Ballard Bees to my garden, he pointed out that the bees would love some of my shallow bird baths.
Yep, the bees get thirsty too. He did suggest adding woven sticks, wine corks or other items that float so the bees would have a safety raft. Apparently, they aren’t always smart about avoiding the deep end, and they aren’t the best swimmers. Result – potentially a lot of dead, floating bees in open water.
So, I endeavored to get the various water vessels in the garden ready for the bees. When I pruned my Katsura tree, I saved some twigs and wove them together over a ceramic birdbath. The colorful hand blown glass float I purchased from Glass Gardens NW during the garden show, bobs beautifully in the blue, second-hand store casserole dish that serves as Shiloh’s water bowl in the garden. In my antique cast iron kettle, I’m adding wine corks from Domanico Cellars.
Today, when temps approached 70F in the garden, the bees were thirsty.
And, they were using my various water safety rafts! I wish I’d been able to capture the complete picture of the honey bees contentedly sharing a water dish with both a male and female mason bee, but alas my photography skills just weren’t up to par. Just know they were there, grabbing a sip along with their cousins the honeybees.
In addition to the bees we’ve invited to live in the garden “officially”, today I saw a number of other bumble bees, parasitic wasps and flies-that-look like bees all co-mingling happily in the garden. Stay tuned; more buzz on those coming. Including photos of the parasitic wasps in action!
And, if you’re ever wanting to follow all the stories on my bee adventures, just search under “bees”. All tales will be filed there.