The Making Of
FOR A HAPPY GARDEN
BEE HOTELS: BE AN ECO WARRIOR
You care for the environment? Then, a bee hotel is the right fit for you! Bee hotels provide shelter for solitary bees for nesting and hibernating. The non-aggressive solitary bees help to pollinate flowers, fruits, and vegetables in your garden. There are many different species of solitary bees, for example leafcutter or mason bees. Unlike honeybees, they are not socially organized and do not live in hives. Instead, they search for an individual space for nesting. For that they prefer “tunnels” in which they place their eggs - each egg separately in a different cell. After providing food (nectar and pollen) for each egg, they seal up the cells using mud or leaf litter to protect their offspring against predators. Solitary bees will often nest in the same area year after year.
The surrounding of your bee hotel is very important. Place your bee hotel close to flowers, 3 to 5 ft high, orientated from south-west to south-east. Bee balm, black eyed susan, coneflower, clover, lavender, lemon balm, mint and yarrow are only some examples of flowers that attract bees.
All wood and bamboo used to fill the bee hotels are collected locally or are upcycled. The bee hotel boxes are made with weather-resistant red or aromatic cedar. While the interior of the bee hotels is untreated, the exterior is finished with a mixture of mineral oil and beeswax. Hangers are provided on the back. The wood will age over time to beautiful gray shades. All bee hotels are made as one of a kind. Measurements: vary (the "regular" height is between 10"-16", but can be 8"-36", depth varies between 4.5" and 6 ").
BIRD'S BED & BREAKFAST: ALL INCLUSIVE FOR THE BIRDS
A "Bird´s Bed & Breakfast" combines a birdhouse and a feeder. Every B,B&B is made with weather-resistant softwood, finished only on the outside with a mixture of mineral oil and beeswax, and has vents for better air circulation. One side opens for easy cleaning. To add seeds to the feeder just open the lid of the addition. The wood will age beautifully to different shades of gray. Hangers are provided on the back. Available in three different designs, pattern are always one of a kind due to different color shades of the wood.
Measurements: max. h. 12" x l. 12.5" x w. 7" in (exterior)
Made to order
BIRDHOUSES: MORE THAN DECORATIVE
There is actually more to it than "just build a birdhouse". Birds need special conditions to feel comfortable. Size, materials and hanging space are essential. To provide best conditions for the birds, ZanaWoodArtZ follows specific guidelines to create her birdhouses. All birdhouses are made with weather-resistant softwood (red and aromatic cedar). The exterior is finished with a homemade mixture of mineral oil & local beeswax. The inside is untreated. Each birdhouse has vents for air circulation and one side opens for easy clean-out. The size of the birdhouse makes it suitable for bluebirds, chickadees, wrens, downy woodpeckers, and nuthatches. The wood will age beautifully to different shades of gray. The birdhouses have pre-drilled holes or hangers on the back for easy hanging. All birdhouses are made as one of a kind.
Measurements: max. 10" x 5" x 5" in or 10" x 4" x 4" in (interior)