Now the mason bee season is over and since we rented some of the bees from a company called Rent Mason Bees, it was time to return the bees. Well, not those bees, but hopefully the eggs that those bees laid for the next season.
It looks like we only got two of the tubes filled with eggs. This is not a very good return. All but two of the bees did hatch out. I kept a watch out for the little shiny black bees in the garden as I was working and we did see bees going in and out of the nesting house.
Today we went to West Seattle Nursery to return the nesting block with the eggs in it.
We talked about what a difficult spring it was for bees, but other people were bringing in larger blocks with every tube filled. Oh well.
We decided to try again with a summer bee, leaf cutter bees, so we rented a batch of them.
They look like this, and they are also solitary, non-hive bees that do not sting.
And then, since we were at a great local nursery that we don't often frequent, we had to do some looking and shopping.
They gave a very good collection of shrubs and conifers and Japanese maples.
Lots of perennials and annuals.
The gift shop has lots of cool stuff.
I love these pillows, but at $30 apiece, they stayed where they were.
And somebody bought this, but not us.
There are still more posts to come from our Memorial Weekend trip to Oregon, but I wanted to bring you up to date on the bee business. I hope those new bees get busy.