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Re: More weather, and other stuff

Honeybees kept in artificial--that is, man made--hives have been victims of various fungi, predators, and whatever, off and on since whoever brought them here from Europe originally. Asked to guess, I would venture that feral bees have a much greater chance of survival, if only because the invasive little critters live in hives of their own design and choosing once they escape the wicker baskets and wooden boxes of husbandry.

On May 4, 2007, at 3:38 PM, Johnson Cyndi D Civ 95 CG/SCSRT wrote:

They are honeybees. I have heard about the colony collapse disorder
(they are suspecting a particular fungus now), but these bees appear to
be pretty active. Haven't seen any dead ones yet.


-----Original Message-----
From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On
Behalf Of Bonnie Holmes
Sent: Friday, May 04, 2007 11:51 AM
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Subject: RE: [CHAT] More weather, and other stuff

I'm surprised about the bees...are you sure they are bees and not yellow
jackets?  Bees have been dying in the US...many beekeepers have lost
most of their hives and no one knows the answer...referred to as the
AIDS of bees...they just disappear...no dead remains to help ID the
cause.  Maybe they have all migrated to your state?

Bonnie Zone 7/7 ETN
Remember:  The River Raisin, The Alamo, The Maine, Pearl Harbor, 9/11

[Original Message]
From: Johnson Cyndi D Civ 95 CG/SCSRT <cyndi.johnson@edwards.af.mil>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Date: 5/4/2007 2:20:13 PM
Subject: [CHAT] More weather, and other stuff

I guess we are back to Dirt Days - the forecast is calling for winds
greater than 50mph today. It has been building up for a couple days
now, I drove through the dirt clouds last night going home. I'm trying

to decide which is hardest on my spring garden - the howling winds or
the 90F unseasonable temps we had last weekend. What a choice! At
least with the high temps I could enjoy being outside even if the
garden was cooking.
When it was hot I was noticing all the bees. My spanish lavender was
covered with them, I think every blossom had a bee on it, hundreds and

hundreds of them. Many more than I usually see. I don't know if we
have more bees than usual or if I have more food for them than
anywhere else.

On the plus side, I am now able to sit on the ground to weed, I still
need my chair to help me get up again, but I can see normal movement
will be possible before too long. Woohoo! I won't be riding for a
while because we have some weekend commitments coming up, but I
suppose that gives everything a chance to heal up really well before I
get on again.
There's still ground squirrels in the garden, and way too many
There is a small patch of grass out by the horse corrals, maybe 4 feet

square, it's where we toss the hose after filling horse troughs so it
gets water splashed. I went out to feed the other night and there were

5 rabbits munching away. They didn't even move till I got very close.
Grrrr, I told husband he had better start taking the pellet gun with
him. If they stopped with the grass all would be well but they are
going after my pea plants (of course) and soon they'll notice the
lettuce. I wish I could see them getting in, I keep plugging holes in
the fence but they are amazing at finding new ones.


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Island Jim
Southwest Florida
27.1 N, 82.4 W
Hardiness Zone 10
Heat Zone 10
Sunset Zone 25
Minimum 30 F [-1 C]
Maximum 100 F [38 C]

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