The other day I was finally able to place my mason bee condos outside for the first time. This is the first year I haven’t made my own mason bee homes and instead bought a commercially produced one from a local store.
While having these little bees around early is nice, they are also a gentle, solitary creature. It’s almost impossible to goad them into stinging and it’s a cool pastime to see them laying their eggs in your provided housing. These newly laid eggs will then provide one with future generations of mason bees in the years to come. The term “mason” is derived from the fact that after laying and egg and depositing some pollen for food, the female bee will then seal off the “birth” chamber with a wall of mud. She will then go out, gather more pollen, lay another egg with pollen food included, and seal it off with more mud. This will go on for around 4-5 weeks when sadly, the bee will die. She will, hopefully, have left future generations of bees sealed up until the next spring when the entire process starts over again.
Check out the video Emelie Tolley (Life with Herbs host) made when she visited Purple Haze Lavender Farm! You will get some great tips on caring for your lavender plants and on different varieties that we carry on the farm. Now is the time to make sure your flower beds are ready for your lavender plants– shipping is scheduled to begin in April! You may also want to take a moment and read our “growing lavender” page on our website to get even more great info on growing a happy, healthy lavender plant!