Posted: 26/05/2013 at 19:51
Yes the runner beans are actually in and they are living in holes round about them.
I put the beans in and then the poles, and in some places I shoved the poles in and then changed my mind and moved them over a bit. I think the bees are living in the holes that I took the bean poles back out of. It's great to see them there.
We also have solitary bees living in dowel holes in the underside of our wooden garden table. When we have guests round to eat the bees fly down between their knees carrying great big green leaf discs to use as a door to the holes. The guests look very suprised as the bees go in and out.
We had a bee house, but nothing ever nested in it. Clearly they like the natural approach.