World Bee Day

Time To Recognize Our Little Friends The United Nation has designated May 20 as World Bee Day and this year is the first observance of this day.  I'm so happy that the importance of these little pollinators is finally and officially recognized globally.  Hopefully it will bring a change in the rules and regulations to... Continue Reading →

Spring At Last

Some Colors In The Garden I see the spring light at the end of the tunnel, a little dim but still a cheerful light of hope.  Snow still covers the majority of the garden but in the bare specks there are colors.  Crocuses in the front yard bloomed nicely this year.  Last year they became... Continue Reading →

Happy New Year

In Anticipation Of A Better Year Happy New Year 2017 I would like to present you with the image of a warmer day in our garden, the Zephirine Drouhin rose.  A climbing fragrant rose that blooms continuously throughout the season.  One of many things I anticipate again in June. About this 'anticipation', I got the idea from a... Continue Reading →

Winter Pollen

Bringing Christmas Gifts For The Hive It's Christmas day but the weather feels more like mid-spring.  The temperature has been hovering around 60° F and the bees have been busy feeding on sugar syrup.  Some bees prefer fresh Chinese broccoli flowers which are the only flowers left in the garden. I  looked at all the hives and... Continue Reading →

Very Warm Autumn

Feeding Honey Bees In Mid-December Sunday was a record breaker for high temperatures in New York.  With 67º F in Central Park, it breaks a high temperature record set back in 1923.   Where we live the temperature was only slightly over 60º F and it was warm enough for the honeybees to come out of their hives, cleaning themselves... Continue Reading →

Last Resource

Ode to a Honeybee In Late Autumn We are having a warm autumn this year.  The daytime temperature is still hovering above 50° F on most days but drops back to slightly above 30° F at night.  We had frost for a couple of days early on in the season which killed off most of the garden.... Continue Reading →

New Bees

Installing Them In New Hives I couldn't believe it has been almost a month since my last post.  Not that there wasn't anything to write about but life has been so hectic.  Back to normal again at last and with good news as well. Four of the hives didn't make it through winter and the one... Continue Reading →

Honey Bee In Winter

Never Been So Happy To See Dead Bees We have over a foot of snow on the ground and it is threatening to drop another 8 to 10 inches this weekend.  The snow itself is not bad for the honey bees but the frigid cold that follows may wipe out our hives.  We have seen a... Continue Reading →

Spring Is Around The Corner

Taking A Clue From Birds There has been one snow storm after another and the official spring date is still more than a month away.  Our garden is covered a foot deep in snow crusted with ice.  The cold frame we put up last fall has become an igloo at this point. I have no... Continue Reading →

Honey Bees in Early Winter

A Warm Day For Stretching And Cleaning I didn't expect to see our honey bees until sometime in March when the temperature is a little warmer.  But to my surprise, the temperature yesterday shot up to almost 70º F.  It doesn't matter whether there is snow on the ground or not if the temperature is... Continue Reading →

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