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About sheribettine

I love gardens, bees and family. In this blog, I write about our experiences as beekeepers, organic gardeners, and the love of nature.

I Love Tulip Trees

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Or should I say, magnolia trees.  The first time I saw one in full bloom, I couldn’t believe there was a tree that was so completely covered in flowers with no leaves in sight.  It was strange and beautiful at the … Continue reading

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Late Winter Flowers – Love them!

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It does my heart good to see flowers blooming once again.  It always strikes me as too early when I see the first ones emerging in late winter but it brings a smile to my face none the less. I … Continue reading

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Digging in the Dirt

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After a few weeks off from gardening, I found myself digging in the dirt again this last weekend.  Weeds had taken over one of the flower beds and I decided that it is much better to take care of them now versus doing … Continue reading

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Fall Plantings – Did I Go Too Far?

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Finally! Yesterday I planted my last bulb.  I may have bought too many fall bulbs and plants this year.  ‘Why did I buy so many?’ I asked myself as I took on the arduous task of getting them all in the ground.   The answer … Continue reading

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Our Bees are Gone

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I’ve been remiss with my bee blog as I have bad news.  Our bees did not make it.  It has been a couple of months since we discovered our hive was down to only a handful of bees and then … Continue reading

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Begonias – Our Late Bloomer

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I have always planted Begonias in my garden.  They are a hearty plant that produces lots of flowers.  What’s not to love, right?  This year was different though.  I planted white Begonias in the same flower beds as the Marigolds … Continue reading

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Feeding the Hungry Bees

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With the nectar all dried up, bees would normally turn to their honey stores for food.  Most beekeepers harvest the honey that their bees have produced and as a result start feeding their bees at the end of summer when their food … Continue reading

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The Importance of Queens

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Eggs and Larvae Hallelujah!  This is Déjà vu.  Didn’t I write this just a few weeks ago?  Our latest new queen has now integrated into the hive successfully and has started laying eggs.  What a relief.  Our bee population is … Continue reading

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Sunflowers – Simply Perfect

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Sunflowers are the perfect flower for our garden.  They are beautiful and bright as they tower over all other plants in the garden.  They bring joy to my heart and a smile to my face just by looking at them. Sunflowers … Continue reading

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New Queen, False Queen

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No eggs, no larvae, no queen.  That is how we found the hive upon our last inspection.  The hive cannot survive without a queen and this is a critical time.  With the nectar drying up, hives are now getting ready for … Continue reading

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