10 drachtplanten voor de tuin.


Vandaag is het heerlijk weer en de bijen vliegen vol op.
Ze halen pootjes vol stuifmeel binnen, voedsel voor het nieuwe broed.
Waar halen ze het op? 
Aan onze tuin alleen hebben ze niet voldoende. In de winter wonen in een bijenkast 10 tot 20.000 bijen.
Als de koningin in het voorjaar start met eitjes leggen (tot 2000 per dag) breid het volk zich uit tot wel 

40 a 50.000 bijen in de zomer.
Ook moet er jaarrond nectar en stuifmeel te krijgen zijn.
Voor iedereen die wil meehelpen aan het op peil houden en liefst verbeteren van de bijen en vlinderstand hier een top tien (om in de challenge van Enrique en wakeupkitty te passen)

Elzen en hazelaar zijn de vroegst bloeiende bomen. Het zijn windbestuivers, net als de berk, beuk eik, en populier. Het stuifmeel wordt door de wind meegevoerd om zo op de stamper van een andere (van het zelfde soort) terecht komt. 
Omdat dit niet efficient is, is er heel veel stuifmeel nodig. Hele stuifmeelwolken zijn er, in een zachte winter begint hierdoor het hooikoorts seizoen eerder. Bij goed weer profiteren de bijen en hommels ook van dit stuifmeel.

In het voorlaar kan je kiezen voor bollen, liefst biologische. Denk ook aan de vroege sneeuwklokjes, de krokussen en blauwe druifjes die al in februari/maart bloeien. 



Bloeiende wilg dient vroeg in het voorjaar als stuifmeelbron voor allerlei bijen. Wat jammer dat gemeentes het ene jaar snoeien en het andere jaar niet, fijn zou zijn als ze om- en om zouden snoeien. In het jaar van de foto zie je op de achtergrond wilgen die dat jaar niet gesnoeid werden. Dit jaar is alles gesnoeid.
Om onze bijen van stuifmeel te voorzien hebben wij een paar Amandelwilgen geplant, deze bloeien van April tot Oktober.

In april en mei bloeien de fruitbomen, het begint met de witte pruimenbloesems, kersen, de witte perenbloesems en als laatste de roze appelbloesems.
Hier zorgen de bijen voor de bevruchting door van bloem tot bloem te gaan en zo voor een mooie oogst in de nazomer.

Natuurlijk zijn er zakjes met bijenzaad, in deze zakjes zit vaak phacelia (op de foto met een hommel) boekweit, gele mosterd, korenbloem, dille, komkommerkruid en goudsbloem.

Kruiden zijn ook goede drachtplanten, in de kruidentop 10 staan marjolein, (op de foto) tijm, salie, malva en allerlei soorten campanula (klokjesbloem)
Na de bloei van de lindebomen valt er wat bomen betreft een gat, op mijn verlanglijstje staat de Sporkehout of vuilboom die nectar levert aan bijen, zweefvliegen en vlinders.

Persicaria amplexicaulis, oftewel duizendknoop (nee niet de Japanse) bloeit van juli tot september, en soms nog later. Vooral de rodere soort die hier afgebeeld is wordt vaak bezocht door bijen voor de nectar. In mijn tuin danst het daar om heen van de bijen.Het is een makkelijke vaste plant die goed groeit en kleur geeft tot in het najaar. Af en toe zorgen dat hij zich aan zijn gebied houd.

Hoogzomer foto van een bij met stuifmeel op haar pootjes. De bijen die de honing halen, de werkbijen zijn altijd vrouwtjes. Hier op de passiebloem, (passiflora) naast ons terras.


Sedum, hemelsleutel is ook een gemakkelijke bijenplant die tot laat in het najaar bloeit. Ook herfstasters zijn geliefd. 



De hekkensluiter van het jaar is de klimop. De laatste kans voor bijen om stuifmeel te verzamelen, maar ook voor zweefvliegen en vlinders. 
Na een aantal jaren gaat een klimop pas bloeien. Dit kan wel 5 tot 10 jaar duren. De besjes worden door vogels gegeten. Weer een multifunctionele plant.

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Travelling during a pandemic, to Ecuador and back from Amsterdam
#corona #reizen #thewanderingchick #reizentijdenscorona For English please check the language button below I hear you say it, but you're not allowed to fly outside the EU at all. Unfortunately, this is an essential journey for me. For my clothing brand, I need to buy my winter collection that is produced in Ecuador. Fortunately, Ecuador is in the countries of South America where the infections are lowest and where the borders have just opened up again. And since September, normal life has resumed. However, a mouth mask is mandatory as soon as you leave your home and you have to keep 2 meters away. Still, I'm nervous. I deliberately booked my flight last minute. KLM flies directly from Amsterdam to Quito and Guayaquil, so I don't have to make a transfer. And they also gave the option that you could change or cancel your flight free of charge without giving any reason. Through my friends on the coast in Montañita and Quito I am kept informed of the situation. It is currently stable and there have been no new contamination on the coast for a few months. In order to enter the country, a negative PCR test was requested no older than 10 days. I fly on Monday, October 19th. On Wednesday 14 October I have an appointment in the test village in Antwerp for a PCR test. Strangely enough, the queue for paid tests is the longest. (people who travel and have no symptoms have to pay their test themselves) But it all went very fast and within fifteen minutes I drove out of the village again. I had heard quite a few horror stories about results that were lost or people who only had a rash after 48 hours. At me it took exactly 16 hours to get the results in my mailbox. The day of departure started badly. My train direction was canceled when I was on the platform. Luckily I was able to catch another train running with which I finally arrived at Schiphol on time. Unfortunately there was a lot of stress because there was little time to go through customs. Fortunately I had already checked in online and I only carry carry-on luggage, so I could go on like this. My stress turned out to be unfounded, too. There was no one at customs, and in 5 minutes I was through everything. What I thought was strange is that there was no question of where I was going and whether I had an essential journey. When boarding, it was a bit busier. I think the plane was full by 2/3rd. And people didn't really keep their distance, I thought. Also I didn't even ask for my PCR test, which was indicated in the updates I received from KLM. During the flight everything was a lot more relaxed. People who traveled alone got a line for themselves. The air was obviously changed more often and it was pretty cold in the plane. And the other difference was that the crew didn't come along so often with food and drinks, just the most necessary. The meal after takeoff we just got served normally. Later we got a vacuum-packed bag with a lot of snacks and a can of cola. I have to say, the crew really did their best. I got diarrhea halfway through the flight, but there I got a strip with diarrhea inhibitors, extra water and was allowed to use the toilet for the crew, because I had to go almost every hour. After a 14-hour flight we finally arrive in Guayaquil. Leaving the plane was unfortunately rather chaotic again. Although it was mentioned that there should be sufficient distance, everyone immediately stood up as usual, without keeping distance. At the terminal, we need to run our negative PCR test right away. If you don't have it with you, you can have a test done there right away. You'll have to quarantine at the airport hotel until you get the results. When immigration is asked if you come for business or vacation. But for both of you, you can just go on. They are happy with every traveler as the country also needs to have a large part of tourism. I stay 1 night in Guayaquil. the taxi to my airbnb has a plastic screen between the driver and passengers. And everywhere there are mats that disinfect your shoes. The next day I take the bus to Montañita on the coast for a few days of sun, sea and beach. Before entering the bus, my temperature is measured, I am completely disinfected with a spray and I have to pass on my name. That is a bit different than in the Netherlands. Montañita is normally a surfers and party paradise with every day parties and lots of backpackers. Now it's completely empty. Many clubs and restaurants are closed or run at half power. I think it's delicious. With the dog of my friends I make long lonely walks on the beach. And I feel like I could put all the worries of the past few days behind me. After more than a week I leave to the Metropolis Quito for the purchase of my winter collection. Flights from Guayaquil to Quito are now also cheap. For $35, I got a one-way ticket. At Guayaquil Airport there are ozone cabins at the entrance where your luggage will be disinfected. Here, too, hardly anyone is at the airport and can go on like this. The Avianca crew is a bit better prepared than KLM's. They wear not only a mouth mask, but also a protection suit and splash guard on their heads. I also notice that people in general are very cautious. Sufficient distance is kept and leaving the plane goes row by row. In Quito there are more infections and the weekend I arrive it is a long weekend with a national holiday. So there is also a curfew that weekend and after 18:00 no alcohol can be sold anymore and everything must be closed. My friends where I stay all work from home and actually don't leave the house. Almost everywhere you enter your temperature is measured and completely disinfected. Saturday we go to the local artesenal market for the purchase. But it's so busy there, we're going to leave soon. I'm going back on Sunday, and it's a lot calmer. Here too are disinfection mats everywhere and the market is trimmed with fences and directions. In shops, counters are points everywhere with pure alcohol. All the money disinfected before it is handed over. Coin money must be deposited in a container of alcohol. Also, almost all shop staff runs with a mudguard, mouth mask and protective suit. For transportation within the city, I use Uber. Ideal, because reservations and payments are all online Currently I am still in Quito and Friday the 6th I fly back to Amsterdam. I am curious what I find in NL/BE. It'll be getting used to it again after the freedom I have here. All in all, I feel much safer in this, for example in a supermarket in NL where only half container everything is disinfected and no one really can keep distance. What do you think about it right now and what do you think can be improved in NL and BE?