Gardening for Butterflies, Birds and Bees forum: Build it - and she will come ?

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Name: Elfrieda
Indian Harbour Beach, Florida (Zone 10a)
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orchidgal
Oct 29, 2014 4:03 PM CST
Any time I see a small wooden box at a thrift store I grab it; plus my husband makes some for me. I'm talking about a place for the Mason bees - where she can lay her eggs. I've always seen a lot of them in my garden, but didn't know too much about them until I did some more research.
This first one, I used old wine corks cut in half for the roof (I've been saving those for years).
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Here's another one we made:
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In this photo, I hung three of them (facing east ) on some trellis that was already attached to a wall. Something is definitely using the tubes.

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Here you can see the tubes being filled



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“I was just sittin’ here enjoyin’ the company. Plants got a lot to say, if you take the time to listen”
Eeyore
Name: Glen Ingram
Macleay Is, Qld, Australia (Zone 12a)
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Gleni
Oct 31, 2014 2:09 AM CST
That is very useful and practical. Please keep us informed of the residents you get Elfie.
Name: Catherine
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Cat
Nov 2, 2014 12:42 PM CST
Thumbs up This is a neat idea to make the nest boxes. I have looked at them online and they are kind of pricey!
Cat
"Plant your own garden and decorate your own soul, instead of waiting for someone to bring you flowers." - Veronica A. Shoffstall
Name: BrendaVR
Ontario, Canada (Zone 6a)
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BrendaVR
Nov 9, 2014 12:00 PM CST
Very nice!
I like your designs.

Looks like you have a resident leaf cutter bee (Megachilid genera).
If we had no holes in our leaves we would have no butterflies!
Name: BrendaVR
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BrendaVR
Nov 9, 2014 7:33 PM CST
@orchidgal is it ok if I use your photos of your beautiful examples in a presentation I am doing?
If we had no holes in our leaves we would have no butterflies!
Name: Elfrieda
Indian Harbour Beach, Florida (Zone 10a)
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orchidgal
Nov 9, 2014 8:31 PM CST
No problem Brenda -- glad that you can use it.
“I was just sittin’ here enjoyin’ the company. Plants got a lot to say, if you take the time to listen”
Eeyore
Name: BrendaVR
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BrendaVR
Nov 12, 2014 7:04 PM CST
Thanks orchidgal!
It was well received and I think helped show my 'you can help bees and look good doing so too' point I tip my hat to you.
If we had no holes in our leaves we would have no butterflies!
Name: Peggy
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hazeleyes
Jan 15, 2015 8:00 AM CST
I just bought a bee block ,if I try and build anything its never looks like the picture.
If I had tried to build one it would end like this.
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so instead I bought this
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If you would have a mind at peace, a heart that cannot harden, go find a door that opens wide upon a lovely garden.
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Name: Linda
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LindaTX8
Jan 16, 2015 3:19 PM CST
Looks great! Now all you need is some residents to move in!
I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority. E. B.White
Integrity can never be taken. It can only be given, and I wasn't going to give it up to these people. Gary Mowad
Name: Peggy
Missouri (Zone 6a)
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hazeleyes
Jan 16, 2015 8:41 PM CST
Have plenty,the husband threatened them with bug spray this spring if I didn't find them a new home.They are making holes in his shop.
If you would have a mind at peace, a heart that cannot harden, go find a door that opens wide upon a lovely garden.
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Missouri-Wildflowers/40601218...
Name: Alex Junge
MN st paul, (Zone 4a)
Plantsmylove
Feb 19, 2015 9:31 PM CST
I feel your pain sometimes things are beyond our control.


I tried to help the native bees in my neighborhood a few years ago and all it resulted in was people getting stung/ me spending/wasting hundreds of dollars on plants/ bees dying from staffs efforts to control them/ getting obessed about sprays ect/ which leads to me getting more meds for my autism and having group home staff have orkin come.

this spring i'll kill the remaining plants and give up. no sense in luring them to all die by a pest control company.


i highly do not reccommend this for group homes. end of rant
Name: Linda
Medina Co., TX (Zone 8a)
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LindaTX8
Feb 19, 2015 9:45 PM CST
Oh, it sounds like a depressing place to live! We're lucky we have our own place in the country and can attract all the bees we want!
I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority. E. B.White
Integrity can never be taken. It can only be given, and I wasn't going to give it up to these people. Gary Mowad
Name: Alex Junge
MN st paul, (Zone 4a)
Plantsmylove
Feb 20, 2015 6:56 AM CST
its not depressing, just that i failed to be honest about my plans to attract something that couldn't be attracted because of codes/rules i had no idea about.


I just couldn't at the time see why it would be an issue.
Name: Elfrieda
Indian Harbour Beach, Florida (Zone 10a)
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orchidgal
Feb 23, 2015 8:36 AM CST
@Plantsmylove That is such a shame and more so because you tried to help but it was beyond your control. What about birds -- can you put up bird feeders. Then again, someone may complain about the seed husks !!!
“I was just sittin’ here enjoyin’ the company. Plants got a lot to say, if you take the time to listen”
Eeyore
Name: Alex Junge
MN st paul, (Zone 4a)
Plantsmylove
Feb 23, 2015 4:28 PM CST
We actually have a bird feeder.. I have to feed safflower so we don't get house sparrows/squrrels.

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