Sweet roses in full bloom after an evening rain heralded our transition from early to mid spring. This year's color and flower show is truly amazing.
A sight to make any bee and beekeeper happy are the giant tulip poplars, whose huge blooms proclaim that mid-spring is here! The honey flow has been a whopper from what I can tell, and now it's in full flow mode with these giants offering up so much nectar.
A week or so ago I supered one of my production hives with another super, its second. This one was 10 frames with Plasticell foundation I'd given an extra wax coating to. How had they been doing? This greeted me when I opened the box. I was giddy.
This super had every frame drawn at least halfway on both sides. And they're packing it with nectar (and a little bit of pollen) as they build them out.
And yes, the queen is laying up there. I don't use an excluder just yet. Where the queen goes, so goes the colony. So restricting her away from the super when I'm trying to get it drawn is counter-productive. Soon I will put an excluder on and let them finish this super out. After that any brood left up there will hatch out and they'll back-fill that with more nectar as the honey flow is on. (I actually stole this frame and gifted it to another nucleus hive start that was having trouble producing a queen.) Here you can see just how EASY it is to spot eggs using the black Plasticell foundation. "Yaay!" my eyes said with great relief. Future inspections will be even more efficient.
Everything's in bloom it seems. I always enjoy seeing the twisted old pine trees in our neighborhood put on its version of a blossom display.
I've always loved this weeping willow tree, and all the layers of texture and color in our local canopy.
I love these flowers. I've seen them growing up on neighbor's mailboxes. These were at my favorite park in Charlotte, where Yvonne and I had a picnic Saturday.
I thought honey bees ignored roses. I saw quite a few buzzing about the rose labyrinth at the park where we picnicked. I truly love Charlotte.
The hues are so intense on these roses they're almost over-saturating the image. It's easy to see how the impressionists were inspired.
"Look, honey bees!" I exclaimed as we lost our way in the tiny maze.
I hated to leave, but got another parting shot. So far I'm really enjoying this spring like no other. I think it has a lot to do with learning to take some time to literally smell the roses.
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Tom Davidson is the owner and beekeeper at T's Bees.
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