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Liverwort in Pencil

Oct 8, 2012 | Posted by in garden, work | 0

“Liverworts”, 2012 Pencil on Cartridge paper, approx. 11″ x 9″ I have masses of liverwort in my garden around the edges of the pond, and in crevices in the pathways. Along with mosses they are some of my favourite plants. I love them for their simplicity and lack of colourful flowers, and as I have mentioned before, for the theRead more …

Leafcutter bee in flight

Sep 11, 2012 | Posted by in garden, method, work | 9

“Leafcutter Bee in Flight”, 2012 Ink and brush on Fabriano paper, approx. 4.5″ x 7″ A solitary Leafcutter bee returned to lay in the bee houses this year. Due to the rain and cold weather she has completed less than one tube of cells this summer, on which the hope of leafcutters next year now rests. I will over-winter them in the tool shedRead more …

Leafcutter bee emerging, in brush and ink

Aug 15, 2012 | Posted by in garden, method, work | 0

“Leafcutter Bee Emerging”, 2012 Ink and brush on Fabriano paper, approx. 6″x 5″ After almost a year lived in perfect darkness inside a leaf cell, a leafcutter bee emerges into the light. First its antennae, then its eyes experiencing the world for the first time. In its jaws are the dried leaves of the cell from which the bee has just brokenRead more …

A summer with the leafcutters

Sep 13, 2011 | Posted by in garden | 2

I’m happy to report that this year there have been up to three leafcutters at any one time nesting in the bee houses, which is a huge improvement on the situation last year where no bees nested at all! I think it likely that this is down to having moved the bee houses to a better location on a little wall at the end ofRead more …

About the bees I

Apr 4, 2011 | Posted by in garden, work | 2

I thought I’d update with some news about the bees – both those in the garden, and on my drawing table. However, as this post became quite long in the writing, I have decided to put the new drawings into a separate blog post (coming soon). Improving the solitary bee houses: Late last month I decided to improve the site of the solitaryRead more …

This year’s bees emerging.

Jun 26, 2010 | Posted by in garden | 2

Just a little update to show you what’s happening with the leaf-cutter bees at the moment. I think the bees are a little later than usual this year, but they have finally been hatching out over the past week. On the left is a bee coming out of its tube, while on the right is a newly-hatched bee resting before it fliesRead more …