Spring’s on the way…

It has been such a beautiful sunny weekend and I thought I might find a few bees out and about and I wasn’t disappointed. All twelve hives were busy with so many flying bees, bringing in lots of pollen – a beautiful bright orange yellow. I’m not sure where it comes from but, having looked on some pollen charts, it could be grey alder. But, wherever its source, its a good sign that my queen is laying and there are mouths to feed.

grey-alder

My little hive was extremely busy with lots of comings and goings. It was SO exciting. I do hope they manage to get through the rest of the winter, I would hate to lose a colony again. Last year I was quite philosophical about it – but I don’t think I could be two years running, particularly as I only have the one. But thinking positively, I am planning to have two flourishing hives this year and have already ordered an over-wintered nuc – which, hopefully, will be with me late April.

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There was quite a bit of pollen under the hive with a couple of dead bees – not sure what that is all about. I had a quick peek under the roof to discover that they had eaten most of the fondant so I replaced it with some more in case the weather turns again. The smell of the smoker was wonderful and I just can’t wait for spring…

pollen