A Bloom Fit For a Faerie

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!

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It looks like the faeries will be arriving soon!  They have many beautiful new homes to choose from…

Love Yourself…Embrace Yourself…Just Be You…

♥Roda

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Our little garden cottage

 

 

 

What’s the Buzz!?

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!

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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…

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Here I am using my hive tool to pry the frames apart for inspection.  Let’s just say things are getting sticky inside!
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As you can see, there is capped honey along the top, pollen in the middle and eggs (looks like a grain of rice) below the pollen.  If you look closely you might be able to spot some larvae!  
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I was very excited to spot Louise, our queen!  Remember, she has the red spot painted on her back, so she is easier to locate.
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Do you see the little critters that look like bright, white shrimp?  Those are larvae. The worker bees spend much time feeding the larvae.
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Brood is a term that refers to immature bees, at various stages of development, before they have emerged from their cells. (eggs, larvae, and pupae) Drone brood (male bees) looks like kix cereal. Worker brood is flat with distinct cell outlines.

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!

Love Yourself…Embrace Yourself…Just Be You…

♥Roda

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Roda’s Critter Connection

We had a new little friend hatch, yesterday!  This is a beautiful wheaten favaucana.  As you can see, she/he is very sleepy…

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Well, Hello!
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Waiting for a friend…

 

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Happy and Fluffy!

We are still waiting for one very special chick to hatch.  Cross your fingers that something magical happens,in the next 24 hours. This little one needs a buddy!

Soak up the sun today and enjoy some of Mother Nature’s beauty!

Love Yourself…Embrace Yourself…Just Be You…

♥Roda