Saturday, May 21, 2011

This Spring isn't for the bees either!

Backyard Hive Checking #1

They are not happy with our crummy weather.

Backyard Hive Checking #2

They don't really come out of the hive if the weather is too cool. And our wacky Spring has caused some of the trees to bloom and then to freeze and the bees have not been able to get to them.

Backyard Hive Checking #3

That means the trees AND the bees are not happy. And the delay in the other flowers means are bees are having to get fed with sugar water. It also means that our new bees (5 new nucs - which are like mini-hives) are delayed in getting here too.

Backyard Hive Checking #4

So Ross decided to check on our hive this particular afternoon and see how they were doing. Some crazy comb building. But overall, they are looking pretty good, especially considering the weather circumstances.

Backyard Hive Checking #5

We didn't get our hive last year until Summer, so this is our first Spring with them and it's constantly a learning process. And a lot of "go-with-the-flow".

Backyard Hive Checking #6

And a lot of amazement at these tiny creatures.

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