Birds, Bees, Gardens and the Dog

pretty treeWe (hubby, Jasmine and I) trekked out to the snow covered gardens, beehives and bird feeders today under blue skies. It is so beautiful and at the same time cold! Jasmine did not mind. Her favorite thing to do is to visit the bees and gardens. Her second favorite thing to do is to bark at all the birds on the feeders, so this was about the perfect afternoon geteaway for her! She led the way!

garden walk

to the garden

First the bees. It is waaaayyyy too cold to open the hive and check on them. But we did know that the snow had blown closed their opening. That is not good for their exiting for cleansing flights and it is not good for airflow so our first stop was there to open that up for them

Beehives

Hives with Snow Blockage

Hive blocked

Clearing

We got their entrance open. We also noticed dead bees in the snow. That however is not a distressing sign. I had a session leader at Bee School tell us that when he sees dead bees in the snow he rejoices because he knows there is life in the hive. A bee’s life cycle is short and seeing dead bees indicates that life is continuing on in the hive. Let’s hope so!

dead bees

Bee Hives Mar2015

Up to the gardens we went. It was so beautiful. I had to pinch myself to make sure that YES this is really where I live! Jasmine knows this route and again she was in the lead.

garden walk 2

Garden Walk

There’s one of my scarepeeps!

Ms Scarecrow

And another friend!

My Garden 2

The gardens under the snow appear peaceful and sleeping. I know there is much happening under that snow and deep in the soil however. Life continues!

Covered Over

 

buried garden

A view back at our lovely snow covered home.

View from Garden

Jasmine enjoying the snow and sunshine!

Tree and Jazz

fence

We began to head back.

Garden and Dog

Next the bird feeders! Jasmine led the way.

Jazz and Birds

Feeding Birds

I love feeding the birds!

Bird Love

It was a wonderful walk and great to get outside and see how everything was faring under the blanket of white

It was time to head back in; Jasmine again led the way.

back home

Did you get to enjoy some beauty today where ever you are?

FGU

Sunflower Bird Feeders

fenceWe had beautiful sunflowers in our garden this year thanks to our daughter.  When she got married last spring she gave everyone sunflower seeds.  Her showers, rehearsal dinner and wedding were are themed with them so it was so great to take some with us.  They made me smile all summer.  Some were so huge, I could not even see their blooms except from afar.  As summer began to wind down, they did also and slumped in submission.

A couple of weeks ago I saw a great idea on using the sunflower heads for bird feeders.  Unfortunately I cannot recall where I saw it– a blog I read, a blog shared on the blog hop, Pinterest, Facebook…. I don’t know.  BUT I remembered the idea of them and set out today to make them.  IF this is your idea, PLEASE claim it and let me know.  I thank you for such a great idea!!!!  

Here we go!

First I clipped off the flowers and left about a foot of the stem.  If you look close you can see the sunflower seeds.  I buy bags of these for my little birdies that I feed, so I am so excited to give them these.

I lined them up and then I gathered them together with a tie wrap.  I just get these at the hardware store or home improvement store.  They hold permanently together, and I use them for everything!

 

preptie wrap

 I added some hemp and left it long enough to use to hang my feeders.  I added ribbon then to some of them.  Just a bow.

tie together

ribbon

Then I hung them all over the place!  Aren’t they awesome?

bartlett pear Birdfeeders fence2 pine tree trees

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

That was so much more fun than opening a bag of sunflower seeds and feeding the birdies.  I think they will feel special and like they have a gourmet meal now.  What do you think?  What are you doing with things from your garden that are loosing a little of their liveliness to keep them giving you pleasure?

Happy Unleashing!