SNAPSHOTS FROM PATTI PAPOW’S MAGICAL BUTTERFLY GARDEN

Photos from a recent visit to friend and East Gloucester resident Patti Papows delightful in-every-way butterfly and pollinator garden.

Snowberry Clearwing Moth

Although I was only able to visit for a few hours, it was wonderful to see all that she has planted for the pollinators, and as a result, all the pollinators drawn to her garden. You could spend a week in Patti’s garden and not see everything. The afternoon I was there, the deep magenta red butterfly bush was in full glorious bloom and was the star pollinator attractant of the day. Snowberry Clearwing Moths, Tiger Swallowtails, Monarchs, Catbirds, Robins, Bumble Bees, Honey Bees, and every other winged creature in the neighborhood was enjoying sweet nectar and the fruits from Patti’s blossoms. Bees and butterflies love variety and in a garden as richly planted as Patti’s, everyday is a party for the pollinators!

I am looking forward to returning to Patti’s garden when the Morning Glories are in full bloom 🙂

WELCOME TO THE MARY PRENTISS INN POLLINATOR PARADISE!

The exquisite Greek Revival architecture of The Mary Prentiss Inn complements perfectly our lively pollinator paradise, bursting with blossoms and bees. We’ve layered the garden in an array of nectar-rich perennials and annuals that bloom from spring through fall and the garden has become mecca for neighborhood pollinators (including seed-seeking songbirds).

Plant for the pollinators and they will come!

Three-bee-species scene at The Mary Prentiss Inn pollinator garden.

The Mary Prentiss Inn Owners Nicholas and Jennifer Fandetti

Perfectly lovely prior to turning the old garden into a pollinator paradise, but everyone agreed, it was time for a change.

Bee and blossom alike dusted in a fine golden shower of pollen.

SUPER COOL BEE SWARM AT CAPE POND ICE

Honey Bee Swarm -2 copyright Kim SmithCape Pond Ice and City Councilor Scott Memhard are the Bees Knees!

There was plenty of excitement at Cape Pond Ice this morning when a swarm of honey bees was discovered on the brick wall at the Ice House alley. Scott called honey bee remover Marty Jessel. Marty is a wealth of information about honey bees, which he shared generously with the crowd that soon gathered to watch him carefully vacuum the bees with a special bee removing technique (do not try this on your own).
Honey Bee Swarm Cape Pond Ice Scott Memhard Marty Jessel copyright Kim SmithCity Councilor Scott Memhard and Marty Jessel, honey bee remover
Honey Bee Swarm Cape Pond Ice marty Jessel copyright Kim Smith

 

Watch in action and listen as Marty describes one aspect of bee communication, the waggle dance.

Saving One Bee Hive One Bee at a Time  ~ Marty Jessel may be reached at m.jessel@comcast.net

Follow this link from the Essex County Beekeepers Association to learn more about honey bee swarms.

Cape Pond Ice is open for tours seven days a week during the summer. For hours visit the Cape Pond Ice website here. While there check out the Ice House Art House. ART@the IceHouse Gallery is thrilled to be exhibiting wonderful original marine and working waterfront paintings by Gloucester artists Peter F. Vincent ASMA (1946-2012),http://peterfvincent.com, and Capt. Phil Cusumano, http://www.philcusumanoart.com, as well as photography by Eoin Vincent.

ART@the IceHouse Gallery on the Fort is open 7-days a week, Monday – Friday 9-4, Saturday 9-3 and Sunday 9-Noon.

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GOOD MORNING FROM CABOT FARM!

For Nancy Lutts. Thank you dear lady!

After collecting Monarch eggs last weekend, Nancy graciously allowed me to return to her gorgeous Cabot Farm to film and to photograph. I was there at sunrise, which is relatively early in the day for butterfly sightings however, I did see four Monarchs and two were females depositing eggs all over the field!

Bench Cabot Farm Salem ©Kim Smith 2015Nancy’s Pollinator Garden

Sunrise Cabot Farm Salem ©Kim Smith 2015View from Nancy’s Milkweed Field
Cabot Farm Salem ©Kim Smith 2015Sunflowers Cabot Farm Salem ©Kim Smith 2015Scarlet runner Beans Cabot Farm Salem ©Kim Smith 2015Scarlet Runner Bean; the blossoms are beloved by hummingbirds.

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Honey Bees swarm Gloucester Marine Railways.

Deputy Fire Chief Miles Schlichte submits-

Railways bees

I thought you all might appreciate this call we had today. Photos attached also.

In this business one never knows what the FD will be called upon to handle on any given day.

Honey Bees swarm Gloucester Marine Railways.

In spite of their over one hundred and fifty years of being able to handle anything, the Gloucester Marine Railways workers ran for cover today when an estimated 25,000 honey bees decided to call some steel scaffolding home.

The FD received a call from Ms. Viking Gustafson who is the manager of the Gloucester Marine Railways on Rocky Neck. Ms. Gustafson had a unique situation that she was requesting help with. A substantial swarm of bees had descended on the shipyard and Ms. Gustafson was concerned for the safety of her employees. Upon arrival the Deputy Chief on duty met with Ms. Gustafson and discussed the options as the bees had now settled on some steel scaffolding and the bees were in one large clump. Suggested options from the shipyard workers included smoking them to sleep, a quick burst of CO to freeze them, a quick burst of flame from a cutting torch or a drowning water spray from a fire engine. All of these options were deemed not to be in the best interest of all involved, especially the bees.

The animal control officer was called to the scene and upon arrival he agreed with the plan to leave the bees alone and wait for them to fly away. With the assurance from animal control that the bees wouldn’t bother anyone who didn’t bother them, the workers again went about their business while giving the bees a wide berth. While this plan was ongoing calls were made to local connections including the staff at the Gloucester DPW who came up with the name of a bee keeper who lives on Briarwood Street. This gentleman was called by the Deputy Chief and a message left on his home phone. Mr. Greg Morrow contacted the Deputy Chief a short while later and agreed to come by when he got home from work in Boston.

Around 7PM Mr. Morrow and the Deputy Chief met Ms. Gustafson at the shipyard to find that the bees had moved from the scrap pile they were on to an electrical panel on the pier. The concern was now that the bees would attempt to create a hive inside the electrical box so instead of waiting any longer for them to move on their own accord, the decision was made to remove the bees from the property.

In preparation for this possibility Mr. Morrow had brought an empty wooden hive from his home which he set on top of the electrical panel for the bees to enter. Once the bees had entered their new hive Mr. Morrow removed the hive from the railways and transported them safely away.

The only injury during this event was to the Deputy Chief who got too close to the hive taking the attached pictures and was stung. The only fatality was to the bee doing the stinging.

Mr. Morrow estimated that this substantial hive weighed in at five pounds of bees with an estimated 25,000 bees in number.

Deputy Fire Chief Miles Schlichte

bee box