Author Archives: Pam Phillips

About Pam Phillips

I am a writer and gardener. I never cease to be amazed by the wonder and beauty of bees.

Now here’s a Miner bee!

In spring you may see lots of little bees emerging from the ground or your lawn. The ones I find are little brown Early Miner Bees. First are groups of them zooming around. These are the males, who emerge first. … Continue reading

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Garden Tour in Watertown for the Bees

This Sunday, May 11, from 1:30 pm to 5:00 pm. I’m participating in the Watertown Chemical-Free Garden Tour. This is a semiannual garden tour featuring yards and gardens where no chemicals have been used for at least a year. Needless … Continue reading

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Are the bees coming out?

Last week, I saw a bumblebee go by a window, and dashed out to see where she was going. I missed her, but I did find this bee-like bug, resting on the stamen of a crocus flower.¬† It had a … Continue reading

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Honey tasting, talk, and a movie with Friends of Bees

Our first event, showing “Vanishing of the Bees” at the Watertown Library has been RESCHEDULED! Friends of Bees are hosting our first event¬† at Watertown Free Public Library on Tuesday May 6 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM. We’ll have … Continue reading

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Dear Lowe’s: Please stop selling plants treated with neonicotinoids

As I mentioned before, last Valentine’s Day Home Depot and Lowe’s were swarmed by bee-lovers asking them to stop selling neonicotinoids and plants treated with them. The good news is that Home Depot is working on doing better. The bad … Continue reading

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Be sure your bee-friendly plants are bee-safe

Last Valentine’s Day, Home Depot and Lowes locations across the country were swarmed by beekeepers, gardeners, and other bee-lovers. The bee activists delivered valentines bearing thousands of signatures asking these stores to stop selling pesticides containing neonicotinoids and plants treated … Continue reading

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Confessions of a Bee Rancher

When I first heard about the decline of the honeybee, I started paying more attention to the bees in my yard. To my relief, I saw that honeybees still came to visit. And of course there were bumblebees. Then I … Continue reading

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