Monday, May 30, 2016

Mosaic Monday - May

I have visited the Community Garden several times.  Here's a nice group of tulips which arrived early in the month.

Today, the strawberries were turning red, there was plenty of chives, and there were a few rows with markers indicating seeds had been planted and soon green sprouts will be sticking their heads from the soil.

I took this photo at the Morrison House Cafe.  My sister and I had lunch there together on the May long weekend.  We talked about our craft projects and a bunch of other things.

This was taken at the Heritage Hill Wetlands.  A very attentive Canada Goose on the beautiful water. 
No Pelicans on this visit.  I will have to try again.

This is a barn in Ontario on my quick trip across the country last week.  The barns in Alberta just don't look that same.  Love the Canada Maple Leaf flag painted on the addition.

This was an unusual sight so I took a picture so I could investigate later.

Here and there across the Canadian countryside you’ll see these bright blue shelters placed in patterns in pastures. Their openings all face the same direction and their presence has a rather otherworldy feeling about it. What are these things?

They are plastic shelters for alfalfa leaf-cutter bees, a native North American bee that has been domesticated. The blue dome is used in western Canada, variations in other parts of the continent. The shelters, usually found in alfalfa pastures, are needed for their warming ability and as a place for the bees to build their nests out of alfalfa leaves. One shelter for every 4 to 5 acres contains about a dozen nests.

Sharing with Mosaic Monday hosted by Judith at Lavender Cottage.


  1. Wonderful May those blue shelters!

    and LivingFromHappiness

  2. Hello, the tulips are so pretty. I like the cute sign and tea cups. The barn and Candian flag are a nice country scene. I always thought those little blue houses were for the baby calves? But, I could be wrong. Happy Monday, enjoy your new week ahead!

  3. I love the teacup rack with scripture and found the blue alfalfa cutter bee shelters quire interesting. Do you mind if I share your photo and info on a gardening FB site I belong to? (I'll link to your blog of course)

    1. Judith, You can share the photo of the bee shelters. A link would be appreciated. Sylvia D.

  4. What pretty tulips in varied colors! And the blue structures -- how interesting, and they too make a pretty photo.

  5. Nice photos!! Interesting information about the beef shelters. Thanks for sharing.

  6. The bee shelters are neat! Thanks for the educational post!


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