season, we carry "live" mason bees (well,
mason bee cocoons that you hatch). That season
is late winter, and the bees hatch and pollinate
your plants through spring. Throughout the
year, we carry mason bee boxes, tubes, books
and related accessories.
Compared to honey bees which get more press,
mason bees are unique and quite beneficial.
In general, honey bees (which are from Europe)
don't fly when it is raining or less than
50 degrees. Mason bees, which are native to
the Pacific NW, don't let a little weather
get in the way. Thus, they'll be out on cool,
damp spring days getting the job done.
Other interesting facts include (1) they are
a solitary bee (not hive forming), (2) they
rarely sting and do not possess the venom
of a honey bee, and (3) by using tubes it
is easy to share cocoons with friends and
your bees naturally. Plant a landscape that
helps them survive year round.
We carry a full line
of nectar and pollen plants, including aster
(Douglas aster*), echinacea (coneflower),
gaillardia (blanket flower*), hyssop, mimulus
(monkey flower*), monarda ("bee balm"), penstemon,
rudbeckia (black-eyed susan), salvia (hardy
sage), sidalcea (checkermallow*), solidago
(goldenrod*) and much, much more.
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while supplies last!
When we started
carrying beekeeping supplies, over 7 years
ago, there were no other providers in Portland
proper and online shopping had not taken
off. Our goal was to help grow and empower
the urban beekeeping movement. Since then,
a few stores have opened that specialize
in beekeeping, the Portland Urban Beekeepers
have formed, and online shopping is commonplace.
Thus, beekeeping is thriving in Portland
and our mission is done. Hence, we are discontinuing
beekeeping supplies once we well out of
our existing inventory, but we'll continue
to focus on what bees need most - PLANTS
that nourish them!
Bee & Beekeeping Suppliers include:
• Ruhl Bee Supply
(a division of Brushy Mountain), Wilsonville
• Bee Thinking,
• Bridgetown Bees,
• Glory Bee,
Eugene (in store or online)
• Mann Lake