We have so much pepermint growing in our ditch in front of the house. We planted it there hoping it would spread since that part of our yard is lined with rocks to help with drainage. My husband and the kids love it. They have at least 2 cups of peppermint tea with honey every single night. He dehydrated a whole bunch of it and is storing it in dry herb jars in the cupboards. It smells amazing! We also have a ton a catnip and lemon balm. He's dehydrating those as well and making his onw version of sleepytime tea. The house smells so good.
The raspberry bushes are almost ready to start blooming. I bought 2 tiny little plants at Tractor Supply 3 years ago and every year they spread more and more, so my husband is transplanting the new ones to make a natural hedge. My husband is back there working on out raised garden.
These are blackberry bushes and a pear tree we planted last year. I really hope we will be able to get some pears this year. We have 2 different kinds of pear tees in the back yard.
Here is a plum tree on the left. It's taken the shape of a heart. Isn't that funny?
This one here is an apple tree. We have 2 different varieties of these as well.
The new hive we split last week just hatched a whole bunch of brood. It's pretty amazing to watch them take their orientation flight.
These flights tend to take place on warm, windless, sunny afternoons, and the synchronous emergence of many young workers from the nest inspired German researchers to call these "play flights"...
A single orientation flight generally lasts less than 5 minutes, and successive flights appear to increase in duration and distance from the colony. Remarkably, the stem length of certain brain interneurons shorten during the first flight, perhaps preparing the worker's nervous system to record and remember orientation stimuli... The Biology of the Honey Bee
We have lots of Marigolds planted with the tomato plants. Marigolds are also very good for honey bees and bumble bees. Can you see that bumble bee heading straight towards Maria?