Bees

It's tulip season!

Submitted by jimwcoleman
Photo of orange tulip with honeybee
Photo of red tulips
Photo of yellow tulips

For the most part, I do almost everything related to fruit and vegetable plants here at the greenhouse, while my wife does all things having to do with flowers and flowering shrubs. As you can see from these photos, she knocked it out of the ball park this season with her bulbs! And these are just some quick sample photos - there are hundreds more flowers on the property and I'm sure she'll post some photos in the next month or so as waves of color wash over the property.

Always wanted to be a beekeeper

Submitted by jimwcoleman
Photo of bee on kale flower

I think it's just a natural step. I've been a gardener my whole life (thanks, Mom!). I've always seen bees buzzing around my plants and I've always known that more bees would only be a better thing - not a bad thing. Last year, I took the plunge, and I'm enjoying this hobby immensely. And it's not just the bees or the honey - it's knowing that I'm contributing to the overall ecology of my environment and contributing to solving the problem of Colony Collapse Disorder.

Added my first honey super ... and got my first sting!

Submitted by jimwcoleman
Added queen excluder
Bees on the frame ... one of these stung me!
Hive with first honey super in place

Wow, the bees are healthy and thriving! They are also getting a little more protective of their domain. But I do have to admit that I got careless and did a few things in a hurry that were not well thought out ...

Today I opened the hive and took all the frames out of the top deep super. Most of the frames are drawn and there are no swarm cells visible anywhere! But the frames are packed with bees. I think the screened bottom board I am using is paying huge dividends.

This doe loves the beehive

Submitted by jimwcoleman
Photo of deer and beehive

This deer (assuming it's a doe) is always hanging around the beehive. She loves to just curl up there and watch the bees in the daytime. She also lets me move freely about while I'm working there, but never lets me closer than about 15 feet. Here, she cuddles in the for the night, just a few feet from the beehive. :)

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