Quick Update on the GirlsMonday, June 11, 2012
The girls have been working my white lavender bloom. They have been busy in the blackberries too. You should see how many we will have to pick.
The honeybee is out of focus. (I guess this picture is all about the blackberry.) A bee is hard to catch in focus as she's constantly on the move. There is a reason for the saying, "Busy as a Bee!" We have supplemented their nectar with sugar water. We mix one part sugar with one part water, heat the mixture to almost a boiling point and pour it into the special feeder that is on top of the hive body. It's been hot and dry here and I worry about the amount of flowers available for them to feed upon. I think we have fed them over 80 pounds of sugar. It's been so much I'm starting to loose count. We started purchasing extra 4 pound bags of sugar, but we've given that up. When the clerk at the grocery store looks at the 25 pound bags of sugar we now purchase I just say, "Don't even ask!"
Dave and I have placed a bench out by the two hives. We sit there in the evening and watch "bee TV."
I tell Dave it's not many guys who can say they have over 40,000 girls working in their backyard.