This is a journal of my vegetable gardens. Skippy was my first dog and he thought the garden was his, even though I did all the work. Now Suzie and Charley follow in his footsteps. We're located near Boston (USDA zone 6A). I have a community plot, a backyard vegetable garden, fruit trees, berry bushes, chickens, and bees. I use sustainable organic methods and do my best to grow all of my family's vegetables myself.

Monday, April 27, 2015

checking my hives after 1 week

Two hives, two queens. I opened up my hives a week after installing my packages (new bees) to check on them today. I was relieved that I was able to identify queens. I ordered two marked queens, but one had lost her marker and I was surprised to see her looking plain but different from all the rest.

My bees are so sweet and calm. I have spent a lot of time watching them, close up and at a distance, and no stings (yet). I found I cannot trigger my cell phone camera button with my bee gloves on, so I work one handed - one glove on one off and can take pictures. Aren't they beautiful!!

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Anonymous Connie Murray said...

Very exciting! I am waiting for the wild orchard bees to return to my garden. I drilled some new blocks for them. But it was very cold winter and so far a cool spring. Hope they return soon!

April 28, 2015 7:46 AM

Blogger David said...

I was looking at the pictures and was thinking "I saw a marked queen why does the queen no longer have a spot?" and then realized I was looking at different hives. :) They look great though I am surprised that you already have drones. Must have been some of the first eggs she laid. (See the 5th picture on the edge of the frame those two large bees with huge eyes). Have fun.

BTW I usually get stung once a year. This year the swelling lasted 24 hours and in 48 hours you couldn't tell a thing. Yeah for improving the immune system. (My first sting lasted about 3 or 4 days before subsiding).

April 28, 2015 1:55 PM

Anonymous EmsyDoodle said...

Great pictures of the colony can't wait to see more and read more on their progress.

April 28, 2015 11:31 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Beautiful girls!

April 29, 2015 9:29 PM

Anonymous Calvin Kent said...

Absolutely wonderful! Such pics! I'm so impressed, and enjoy this photo. Have a nice week.

May 01, 2015 6:06 AM

Blogger Carol W said...

Thats so cool!
And they're already starting to fill the hive with wax. That's so great.

May 01, 2015 2:27 PM

Anonymous Amy said...

Wow! Good luck with your new bees. I would love to have my own beehive someday.

May 04, 2015 2:52 PM

Anonymous Marian (LondonUK) said...

Hi Kathy, they are wonderful. Bet you can't wait for the honey either. Two fellows at the Lottie have bees, so we are able to purchase East London Honey, fantastic!

May 05, 2015 10:51 AM

Blogger blueberry1946 said...

Yes, your bees surely are beautiful! I am fascinated

May 05, 2015 1:34 PM

Blogger kathy said...

If there are drones at this point, they must have come with the package (or its an illusion from the camera lens). I couldn't even see any eggs here, though from my following check, there must have been eggs as there were larvae and capped brood one week later.

May 08, 2015 10:55 AM

Anonymous Rebecca said...

this is wonderful. i will recommend this blog to a colleague researcher whose main interest is bees.

June 15, 2015 6:09 AM

Anonymous Githinji said...

am a big fun of honey, and of late i have known of a product called propolis which am told its good with bronchitis and asthma which am going to try. but near a bee a no go zone for me.

June 15, 2015 8:20 AM


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