Monday, September 28, 2015

Busy Bees

A quick look at our very busy beehives.    Blow the pic up for a better look at how many bees there were.   It's goldenrod flow time and the bee yard smells very strongly of goldenrod honey. 

Not much honey overall this year, but lots of bees.   Each colony needs lots of bees in the fall cluster to keep things warm until spring.  Every time I open a box and see it full of bees instead of just a few frames of bees, I am very, very happy. 

The hive with the yellow super seems to have quite a bit of honey in it.   Maybe the long hive with the orange super, too.  They get to keep their honey this year.    I'll take the empty supers off the hives next month and put candy on the hives..   That way everyone has plenty of feed for the winter.   Just in case.


  1. Mine sound very similar Robin. Only one of my hives has a super with any honey in it and I'm leaving that entirely for the bees. It is very easy to smell that Goldenrod when you pop the cover off of the hives!

    1. I love the smell of fall honey, and it's been strong this year. Maybe because last fall we moved the hives a lot closer to the house. At any rate, we live in a hollow and in the evening when things cool, the air shifts down and really spreads that smell around in the low spots so you can smell it from some distance away from the hives. I love it.

  2. So glad to hear that things are happily buzzing along in your hives! :)


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