The days slip by followed by the weeks, and then the seasons slip by, but where oh where are they all going apart from leaving us behind?
We’re led to believe that if March comes in like a lion it will leave like a lamb, we hope so. We all experienced some lovely if not surprising weather during the final days of February, and now we are into some seasonal weather, wind and rain. “What must the bees be making of this”? I ask myself.
As you may recall, bees don’t hibernate, they just huddle around their Queen, making sure that she’s well looked after, feeding her, grooming her and generally taking care of her welfare.
During that pleasant spell of sunshine the winter bees were busy preparing their final chores before passing the baton (so to speak) to the spring bees. This is the time when those who have survived the chilly days and nights will die off making way for the new seasons’ brood to bring in nectar and pollen, which will be needed to build up the strength of the colony, and be “buzzing” around doing their other chores.
During those winter months the Beekeeper will have (or should have) been busy preparing his kit in readiness for spring. If one hasn’t done so then he or she will be struggling to have everything ready for when the Queen starts to lay in earnest.
New Frames should all be in readiness, spare kit should have been checked and where necessary “flamed” to get rid of parasites and “nasties” that can affect the life of bees and their offspring.
Preparations should be in place for the possibility of the Asian hornet arriving on our shores. We’re in a vulnerable location being close to the Avonmouth docks, not too far from Lulsgate International Airport, and heavy lorries arriving from the continent, all with the possibility of a hornet or two hitching a lift! Fresh notices will be posted down at the Apiary, with advice of what to do should you suspect you have seen one, and of course let me know when or what you saw.
Remember if you have a question to ask me when stretching your legs with a walk around our beautiful gardens I would ask you to approach the Apiary from the small entrance gate rather than stand in the bee’s line of flight which is where they expect to find their “home”.