|The new bees are already taking full advantage of the pollen in our dandy-filled yard. Keep up the good work, ladies!|
|As a side note, in preparing the hive for the new package, we ended up finding the old queen. Turns out she didn't die in the great yellow jacket war of 2014, and we can rule out that they absconded last fall. That leaves either CCD, or too heavy of losses from the yellow jackets to make it through the winter. Should we start a portrait collection of our queens for future colonies to look back on and remember their storied history? This was Elizabeth I. Right now we have Elizabeth II.|
|The bees came just in time, too, because our strawberries are starting to bloom! We've got the squirrel cage set...now if we can just get all the mice trapped out of the adjacent shed before the berries ripen, we might actually get some to eat this year! Also, to the fruit trees waiting to flower: ready, go!|
What made your homestead happy this week?