This morning I took my morning walk through the gardens, knowing that our irises are just beginning to bloom. It is extremely difficult for me to have a favorite flower, but I must admit, irises are at the top of my list! I was not disappointed, for the blooms were magnificent. Many seasons, due to late frosts, few of our bearded irises even bloom. This has been the strongest year, in the past three years. I guess there is something positive about a slow beginning to Spring weather!
It looks like the faeries will be arriving soon! They have many beautiful new homes to choose from…
Each Wednesday, I open our two new hives for inspection. `I have been so excited for this day to come, knowing that week 2 would bring lots of fabulous changes, in the hives!
Here are some of the questions I have been pondering:
-Would I spot the queen, in each hive?
-Would there be larvae?
-Would there be capped brood? (the final stage of the bees’ metamorphosis)
-Would there be a crescent of pollen, with nectar or capped honey above that?
So many things to look for! Take a look at what I discovered…
Although I did not see Thelma, our queen bee, from our 1st hive, I am not worried at this point. There were eggs present in her hive, so I know she is around somewhere. Both hives were flourishing! Honey bees sure have one amazing work ethic. Within the next few weeks, all 9 frames will be filled and a new deep hive body will be added.
Until next week, remember…Just Bee-u-tiful! Check back next week, for another hive update!