I’m a restless man.
This found it’s way to our house.
Snuck outside to take some photos on May 1st. Our land has a plethora of “wild” flowering trees including crabapples and dogwoods. Seeds blown in from suburbia found fertile soil and have grown into a beautiful blanket of spring flowering trees. This year isn’t the most spectacular bloom, but it’s still an impressive site no less. Having all of this wild beauty makes me feel like I’ve snuck one over on the world; cheated someone out of something. Who in their right mind would willfully have sold us such a beautiful spot, and not kept it for themselves.
Their loss, my gain.
Last week on Monday we got the email informing us that our package of honey bees had arrived. The thing with a honey bee package is, you basically have to drop everything and go pick them up, and drop them into their hive. So despite a busy life, work, sick kid schedule, we went out and picked up our new fuzzy friends that afternoon.
We had two friends stop out to watch us dump our new bees in to hive No. 3. It was fun to share the experience with newbies (new-bees?). Everyone suited up in protective gear and we had an uneventful dumping of the bees.
The type of bees we got this year is Italian; which is the type that we’ve always gotten. That being said, we wonder if our hive No. 1 bees are a different kind. They, the hive number one bees, are very dark and very aggressive…and very productive and prolific. The new Italian hive number three bees are very light and docile. We swear they must be two different types of bees. Carniolan is the other type of bee available from our supplier but those are supposed to be docile too, just like the Italian ones. Who knows. Regardless we learn the temperament of our bees and act accordingly.
We checked yesterday and confirmed that hive No. 3’s queen did get out of her cell and the bees had started making comb. Both hives are getting sugar water, though hive No. 1 doesn’t really need it. We’ll stop supplying that hive this week. All the crab apples in our yard are in full bloom as well as ground flowers and tree pollen. There is plenty of food for our bees as we go into May.
Here are photos from “bee day” 2016.