Magazine article Sunset

In the SUNSET GARDEN

Magazine article Sunset

In the SUNSET GARDEN

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MUST-HAVE

A hive of your own

If you've ever thought about trying backyard beekeeping, spring is the time to start. Among beekeeping's many benefits (30 to 80 gallons of honey from a single hive), it helps support a struggling bee population. This topbar hive, handmade from cedar by Bee Thinking in Portland, makes it easy. Compared to oldfashioned boxes, topbar hives open without disturbing the bees and come with a viewing window so you can peek in at them. If this sounds familiar, it's because co-owner Matt Reed pitched his hive on ABC's Shark Tank and Beyond the Tank, turning shark Daymond John into a bona fide beekeeper. From $399; beethink ing.com.

BOOK CLUB

Bee here now

Even in drought, plant for bees; nectar-rich blooms help these important pollinators survive dry times. Learn how to attract bees (that don't chase humans) and increase your vegetable garden yields in the new book The BeeFriendly Garden (Ten Speed Press; $20), by Hopland, California-based garden designer Kate Frey and San Francisco-based bee expert Gretchen LeBuhn. Besides design principles (including seasonal flower progression), the book has six regionally adapted lists for the best bee plants in any location.

PLANT NOW | Heaven sent

Before you smirk about this most common of small shrubs, know that 'Lemon Lime' heavenly bamboo (Nandina domestica) is unlike other nandinas. …

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