Wow!!!You may recall that in September a volcano erupted on the Spanish Island of La Palma. Many people were forced to flee the area, and among those were a number of beekeepers (La Palma is home to over 100 beekeepers). Fifty days after the eruption, one beekeeper returned and was amazed to find that the bees in five of his six hives - just 600 metres from the volcano and buried under volcanic ash - had survived. The bees had sealed any gaps in the hives with propolis to keep toxic fumes out, and relied on honey already stored in their hives for food. It never ceases to amaze me just how incredible bees are 🐝
Photo credit: Elías González, La Palma Bee Keepers Association, via EPA-EFE/Shutterstock ... See MoreSee Less
So proud of all our cuttings this year!!! Salvias, fuchsias, dahlias, lemon verbena so far. Our new volunteer Inga is doing a stalwart job (we would expect nothing less form this hardworking, dedicated Swedish lady). Inga used to do all the pruning for LadyBirds, she has finally slowed down a bit and decided to do this for us! Let's see how they get through the Winter now. #cuttings#newstock#regeneration#learning#rootcuttings#roots... See MoreSee Less
Did you know that bees have five eyes? They have two large compound eye, giving a wide image for pattersn to detect types of plant and other bees. It has three simple eyes on top of its head, these detect light, so that bees can sense predators coming from above. #bees#eyes#compound#patterns#shadows#lights... See MoreSee Less
Bees have incredible motion detection abilities. They can detect motion that occurs in 1/300th of a second! Humans detect motion at only at 1/50th of a second! Wow!! Next time you watch the flowers swaying in the breeze, imagine how the bees are seeing them!! #bees#motions#Motiondetector#movement... See MoreSee Less
Rainbows, aren't they lovely? Yes, but bees cannot see all of the rainbow's colours, their eyes are particularly sensitive to blue, violet and purple's but they can also see ultraviolet. This is good as flowers reflect ultraviolet! #ultraviolet#supersight#vision#blue#purple... See MoreSee Less
As we celebrate Armistice Day today at 11am on the 11th of the 11th, we would like to share with you our two favourite rememberance day plants and two that we planted recently at the Harbledown war Memorial. For every person that purchases these together, we will make a donation to the British Legion to show our support for war veterans everywhere. #armistice#flanders#bloodred#poppies#britishlegion
Gomphrena 'Fireworks' for fireworks night. We love this and we have ordered seed it produces completely unique tufts of long-lasting, intense hot iridescent pink flowers tipped with bright yellow on very long stems. This low-maintenance annual (perennial in mild climates) is a showstopper in the garden and makes a great addition to a fresh or dried flower arrangement with its eye-catching blooms! Wahey! #pink#Annual#seeds#pollinators... See MoreSee Less
Above is an audio player that will read you the first few pages of the book. During the pandemic, Hippie Chick Apiary has been working on a special project to inspire the next generation of Bee Keeper...
Farm Manure back in stock, great for mulching after you have tidied (not too much though obvs). This is peat free, manure often has peat added to it as a bulking agent, so do check your manure ingredients! #peatfree#manure#wintermulch#feed#tidy#winterjobs
Farm Manure, 50 litres, organic. Natural soil enricher. Suitable for roses, shrubs, trees, lawns, vegetables, fruits, general purpose, mulching and so on. Available from April 16th 2021. Bulk purchase...