Update on Our Bees
The honey bees have settle in nicely and are going crazy producing both comb and honey. It's facinating to watch them on the flowers in the yard and also drinking off the lillypads in our pond.
|A honey bee on a flower in our garden|
|Bee on a stick! They're very gentle.|
|Inside one of the hives. That's honeycomb on top and drone comb near the bottom.|
|A bee in flight under our cherry trees, carrying pollen back to the apiary.|
|Our first bit of honey!|
We checked on the bees and found they were building cross comb in one place (meaning not straight across on the top bars, making it something we wanted to discourage), so we had to cut the comb out. There was a bit of honey in it and it's amazing. Floral and sweet and probably the best honey I've ever had. We won't be harvesting honey in bulk until spring, but it was nice to try a bit without taking away from the bees' main stores.