It Had To Happen Sometime…

…and today it did. I got it out-of-the-way, so no one else would have to. I was the first.

I got stung.

Bad photo cause I was in pain but you get the idea. Here you can see the stinger barbed into my hand, with a little piece of bee abdomen still attached.

Bad photo cause I was in pain but you get the idea. Here you can see the stinger barbed into my hand, with a little piece of bee abdomen still attached.

I swear to god I was just standing there taking pictures and helping Christine out with checking the hive when one of the bees stung me, unprovoked. In fairness I had just squished one of the bee’s friends when I replaced the upper deep so maybe she was a little pissed off. The sting hurt for a little while and then swelled up a little but by time we were done and back inside the house it was no big deal. I guess I should ask for gloves for my birthday.

The hive looked great. Our second “deep” set of frames is filling up nicely. We saw the queen up there doing her thing and all the little bees building up honey comb on the frames. A couple of the frames in the bottom deep still have room on them as well…maybe those won’t ever get filled out or at least not for a while. The ants have all but disappeared from the hive area now that we’ve gotten rid of our sugar-water feeders. We saw one wasp that came around when we opened the hive, but Christine squished it as she was closing up shop for the day.

Here you can see into the hive. The frames of the upper deep with one removed. At the bottom is the top of the lower deep and you can see it's frames.

Here you can see into the hive. The frames of the upper deep with one removed. At the bottom is the top of the lower deep and you can see it’s frames.

The bees are doing well storing pollen, making honey and baby bees.

The bees are doing well storing pollen, making honey and baby bees.

Here is one of the new frames from the upper deep portion of the hive. You can see new honey comb being made on the plastic frames.

Here is one of the new frames from the upper deep portion of the hive. You can see new honey comb being made on the plastic frames.

Can you spot the queen in this photo?

Can you spot the queen in this photo?

Christine examining the lower deep of the hive. She starts there and examines the upper one next, frame by frame.

Christine examining the lower deep of the hive. She starts there and examines the upper one next, frame by frame.

Also for your reference I took a few minutes to mark down all of the veggies we are growing in our garden. Below is a list, and I’ve indicated the variety (marketing name) of each if I could readily find it.  Often we just have one of each but for some we have multiples, such as the peas and others we’ve grown from seeds.

Tomatos:

  • lemon boy yellow
  • super sweet cherry 100
  • juliet roma grape
  • beefsteak
  • roma classic paste
  • better boy
  • husky cherry red hybrid
  • Mr. Stripey heirloom
  • husky red
  • big beef hybrid

Peppers:

  • golden summer
  • orange bell sweet
  • sweet banana hybrid
  • big bertha green
  • gypsy orange
  • super banana supreme
  • jalapeno
  • chocolate beauty
  • hot chili pepper (I know we have one, but forgot to jot down the variety)

Other:

  • watermelon
  • pumpkin
  • radish
  • beet
  • spinach
  • lettuce
  • romaine lettuce
  • snap pea
  • peas
  • peanuts
  • sun flower (3 variety)
  • straight cucumber
  • carrots
  • onion (3 varieties)
  • spaghetti squash
  • zucchini squash
  • commander zucchini
  • raider cucumber
  • slice master cucumber
  • jade cross E brussels sprouts
  • blue lake green beans

Berries:

  • blueberries (2 variety)
  • black berries (2 variety)
  • raspberries (2 variety)
  • service berries
  • choke berries
  • strawberries (2 variety)

Apples:

  • gala
  • fuli
  • golden delicious

Herbs:

  • thyme
  • oregano
  • rosemary
  • cat nip
  • tarragon
  • parsley
  • cilantro
  • basil
  • chives
  • bee balm
  • mint

And probably a some stuff I’m missing or forgot about. I’ve noticed the deer are starting to eat my apple trees so we’ll be keeping an eye on that. The bunnies have stayed away so far from the New Jersey Tea and the strawberries I think. I also think it was deer eating my service berry bush as well.

Ok, that’s enough for today.

Butterfly in the garden.

Butterfly in the garden.

One of our bucks in the south meadow this morning.

One of our bucks in the south meadow this morning.

Two of our whitetail bucks feeding in the yard during breakfast.

Two of our whitetail bucks feeding in the yard during breakfast.

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