Whenever I hear about a well loved site being "redeveloped" or "improved" my heart sinks into my boots and I ask myself if a place has been "ruined " in my opinion.
My fears were in vain when I visited the newly developed Norton Priory today. It's excellent in every way and the development has lost none of the original features whilst adding new ones.
Visitors to the NW England, please take time out of your schedule and call in to Norton Priory, where you will get a taste of hundreds of years of British History all on one site.
I am very intuitive and always have been. The moment I stepped into the new Reception area, I "felt" that I had walked in to something remarkable. The two staff members on the desk were welcoming and knowledgeable. Nothing was too much trouble for Lesley. She knew everything that we could possibly need for an enjoyable visit.
I am a historian of course and own a small history business so I was interested to see how the subject matter was presented. It was all excellent.
Take a look at what I found today.
This is not a history of Norton although that is involved. This is a description of a gentle, quiet and wonderful tourist attraction.
The photos are my own and were taken by me today.
Norton Priory guide book
I had forgotten that you were in Florida. Florida is rather different from Britain. When looking up bees in my books I I noted that even Southern Britain has more bee species than we have in Northern England, so we are not well blessed with variety. We do, though, have mason bees, which like to tunnel, so they may be attracted to the bee hotel. I have definitely seen them on my allotment.
Maybe I will do an article on bee hotels, but not today. I am relaxing today.
He knows he is my favourite brother. I am his only sister so he hasn't much choice in sisters.
That is good info Frank, but I doubt it applies to Florida. We have bugs, and bees, year round. There is also no shortage of blooming plants, although not necessarily in my yard. I have searched online and found info at the University of Florida site with a page about "Pollinator Hotels".
BTW... you are the "favorite" brother Frank... did you read that?
I think you should do a whole Wizzley on this subject, or have you begun that already?
Frank..... Maybe a bee hotel article is timely
You can set up bee hotel whenever you like, but you will have to wait for results, as the bees are currently [January] in their hives/cells/nests and unlikely to move until spring. The best strategy to take is to research bee-friendly flowers and plan to plant them in your garden. The best way is to plant a succession of flowers that will provide summer-long nectar for the bees.
In fall, don't be worried if you see a tunnel in your bee hotel blocked with mud, for this is a sign that a female bee has laid her egg there.
Thank you. Dusty. If you don't find enough information about them on Wizzley then I am sure my favourite brother Frank would have some ideas if you asked him. In fact... he's likely to give his ideas whether he is asked or not. :)
You two will be the first to know if I have success!
The point Frank makes is though that his bees were nesting in WOODEN pallets. So maple logs, bits of wood of different sizes , wooden logs sound ideal .
If you go ahead, Frank and I would LOVE to hear about it here on Wizzley and who knows your efforts may inspire others.
You have nothing to lose by trying to make one. If anything, they are a great talking point . I am not an expert on them. I do know that having two has increased the bee population in my garden. Mine are for solitary bees .