Flowers. With Mushrooms and Bees.
I went Wildflower Hunting with The Birdchick yesterday, with a Side of Mushroom Hunting. We don't hurt them, more of a shoot and release. Had a great time, didn't know there were so many WILD Flowers out there. I wish to steal some and take them back to my Spooky House. They appear to have no problem growing anywhere, which is what I am needing.
(That and Green Grass which is what I am needing here if anyone has ideas.)
Some mushrooms can be eaten. Some not. It is REALLY important to know which ones can, or cannot. Puffball, Morel, Hen of the Woods and Sulfur Shelf can be eaten, and might be tasty, if you like that sort of thing. It is also impossible to mistake them for the Evil ones that will kill you in seconds.
No one ever said the woods were a friendly place.
These ones are NOT on the approved kindly gentle mushroom list. They were however, beautiful. Beautiful. And deadly maybe. When you find these sorts, take a nice picture and WALK ON...
The Bee News for the day is we are not getting our Russian Bees after all. We were meant to have them last year, and kept getting put off but were told FOR SURE we would have them this year. Then the excuses started again, they claimed the spring there had been very COLD, and they were behind but soon. (This only after me sending them about 8 emails)Same as last summer.
Quick trip to Wunderground.com showed us their spring had so far been well above normal, and a little Googling brought home the fact we were far from the first people who had problems with this company.
Rats. (A stern letter later brought the response that we are getting a check back within a couple of days.)
Now as anyone who works with Bees learns, quickly, you need to order Packages (Bee term for Box-o-bees with Queen) in the fall. End of April is far too late to try and find anyone who has packages left.
I called or emailed every Russian Beekeeper that I could find on the internet. I got helpful "well, try these people" and "Are you kidding, little late aren't you" "Well, those Russians go fast" Actually, I spent about 3 hours talking to a lot of really cool Beekeepers who would have helped if they could have. Most didn't have ANY Bees left.
One did. Making their last delivery next week. Not Russians, we'll have to wait to try them, but Italian (Apis mellifera ligustica) and Carniolan (Apis mellifera carnica Pollmann) bees. It seemed a shame to have the new hives, and be ready to start up some new bees, only to be thwarted again.
So next Wednesday, we get Boxes-o-bees. Via UPS.
Bet they don't wait till the end of the day to deliver....
Love and Nature,