Monday, July 15, 2013

Bee Oasis

Look what we did yesterday!


We inherited this cute little pond from David's grandma and we worked hard yesterday to get it installed in the garden area behind our back porch. It was a little bare back there, so we thought this would add a nice touch to the yard and work double duty as a bee oasis!

When planning out the space, David had the idea to plant some flowers that the bees would like. He went to the store and saw some Russian sage that the bees were going crazy over, so he picked up some of that for our new backyard space.


We really didn't have a water source for the bees other than a bucket set up close to the hive, so this will also work as a great way for them to get water. The bees do need something to land on while drinking, so we will probably add some more plants like lily pads to make sure they stay safe while getting drinks.


I'm really happy with how it turned out and I think it makes such a nice addition to our yard. I love sitting on the porch swing listening to the water flow in the pond. It's so calming and soothing. Eventually we may get some fish for the pond as well; I'd love to see some colorful koi fish swimming around in there!

~Tammy

50 comments:

  1. love it! It turned out great :)

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  2. oh, my kind of inheritance! love the sound of running water! yay for the bees and birds, too!

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  3. It's beautiful Tammy, congrats!

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  4. How cool! My dad gave me some of that sage and I love it.

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  5. This is beautiful! I love it so much - good work!

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  6. Wonderful, it's so nice to have a pond and the sound of running water. It's so calming.

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  7. It's beautiful! And I bet birds will use it as a bath as well!

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  8. It looks beautiful. You did a good job setting it up. I don't know about the fish though, those Racoons love to eat fish out of ponds.

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  9. That looks amazing Tammy!! I bet it's super calm just listening to the water....ahhhh....great job!

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  10. Very cute and love the choice of flowers!

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  11. You guys are so thoughtful! It looks beautiful and you're going to have happy bees all around.

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  12. I love your new water feature! I bet you get all kinds of critters dropping by for a drink. I have butterfly bushes and Russian sage at the front of the house and they are always covered in bees. Love it!

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  13. Nice job. Looks great. Lily pads and fish would make it complete.

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  14. Oh gosh -it looks delightful!

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  15. I just love it, Tammy! It's going to bring you years of enjoyment!

    XO,
    Jane

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  16. It's thoughtful and pretty too! Something to enjoy for a long time to come, I love it. :)

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  17. Hi Tammy,

    Your little pool and bee friendly flowers are so pretty. I agree.. having a little pond, pool, or waterfall is a wonderful addition to our property. There is something about the sound of water:)

    Happy Monday! xxleslie

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  18. That turned out so nice! You did a great job :)

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  19. WOW that is a very nice gift to you and the bees. Beautiful job. B

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  20. It's beautiful! We love our redneck fish pond with the plants and the fish! :)

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  22. Very cool....and so smart! The bees will love you for it!

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  23. I bet your bees will love it!

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  24. A very pretty bee oasis! So soothing to listen to the sound of water. Water lilies and little fish would be so sweet. Good job! xoxo

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  25. What an awesome addition to your backyard. How relaxing to hear the water from your porch! :)

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  26. Fish are great as they keep the mosquito population in control.

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  27. Love it! There's really nothing better than sitting outside on a warm day listening to water, is there? I LOVE those kind of moments!!

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  28. Wow Tammy that looks beautiful! Your bees are going to love it so much better than a bucket. I don't have a single bee this year...I am so worried about their reducing population...thank goodness there are awesome people like you to give them a great place to live.

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  29. I love it! I wish you lived closer-I'd have plenty of perennials that they bees love to share. You are doing such a great job making your homestead a home.

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  30. Tammy the pond looks great! Perfect in fact. I'm just getting caught up and phew you guys have been busy... Yay for the brood being back in action and I can't wait to see your pics of the keets once they arrive. Life looks pretty great in your hood these days :)

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  31. The pond looks just lovely! It's really nice and soothing listening to the movement of water and also great for creating those negative ions that makes us feel good.

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  32. Tammy, love the pond and the russian sage. It looks great. You are providing a great habitat for the bees. And soon you will have other critters like frogs. Enjoy!

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  33. Oh, that's adorable! Love the pond and flowers. I admire all the hard work you do, inspiring! :)

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  34. This is simply beautiful! Nice job guys!

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  35. What a awesome job!! Love the flowers and the you already have pond plants!!
    We have a rather large bird bath/fountain on our patio. I do suggest that you go to a pet store and get about 4 or 5 feeder goldfish for our pond. Here they are 12 cents each. They take care of the mosquitoes that will immediately fall in love with your new water source for the bees. The gold fish will eat the eggs and larvae. I also supplement with gold fish flakes/food about once a week.Your pond is deep enough that if it freezes in the winter, the goldfish go to the bottom and pretty much hibernate.

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  36. Love it! I hope your bees enjoy the water as much as you will!

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  37. Well done a great Job! It's great you keep the wildlife in mind , hope you enjoy as much as the Bees. Beautiful:)

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  38. I love your new water feature, and I know the bees will too! We've had a very small fountain for a few years now, so that we can listen to the sound of tumbling water. It also provides water for birds and insects, and the occasional Kona and Willow too:)

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  39. It looks great. Ilove Russian Sage....it is a beautiful plant.. I always try to have some....I am sure your bees will be very happy. Cone flower is a favorite of bees and butterflies..they love it! Blessings!

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  40. You did a great job. What a cute little pond.

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  41. I love it! It's beautiful and perfect for the bees...I'm sure they're thanking y'all already! Great job!

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  42. Lovely, and your bees will be happy to have that water source!

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  43. It came out beautiful and I am sure the bees are going to love it.

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  44. It's just beautiful Tammy! All the wildlife - bees, butterflies, birds will just adore it I'm sure.

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  45. I'm sure Gizmo, Emma and Sylvester would love some Koi also! But it is beautiful, good job. This is a good inheritance.

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  46. This is so sweet and pretty and thoughtful, even. I didn't know that bees drink water because I've never caught any actually doing it. I don't know what I expected, maybe that they drank honey. Haha! You are always teaching me something new. :-)

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