Posted in April 2016

Still running to catch up with April

Still running to catch up with April

I feel guilty about our front garden.  Recently I have not been able to give it much attention and yet even the outside wall looks pretty with plants put in years ago. We did manage to remove an old lilac tree early last autumn which has left us with a very blank wall.  But I … Continue reading

The bees swarm again

The bees swarm again

A  few days ago I wrote how queen Violette decided to swarm and then changed her mind and went back.  Amelia and I opened up the hive after they settled down and made an artificial swarm, as we had found a couple of queen cells in the hive.  One was already closed, and so we … Continue reading

Still running to keep up

Still running to keep up

The winter was mild and now the spring is coming, as it should, with sunshine and rain showers but I am still running to keep up with the changing season. The star of the moment is the Amelanchier – the blurry, white blossoming in the middle of the photograph above.  It looks better for real. … Continue reading

A swarm in April can change its mind

A swarm in April can change its mind

Amelia and went on a couple of weeks of holiday in March, but before that we made our first inspection of the four hives.  All four hives seemed be doing well but we discovered that although Cornucopia, our strongest hive had six frames of brood cells, she had also built queen cells on one frame.  After … Continue reading