Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Wildflowers

There are many wildflowers in our area - some consider them weeds, and others see them as a vital part of our environment.  Trees and wildflowers are the major sources of pollen and nectar for our bees. Mr. T. has even taken the recommendation of the county to leave his ditches un-mowed in order to allow more of these plants to thrive.  Thanks, Mr. T for helping the bees!

I think wildflowers are so beautiful - and interesting to look at. Here are just a few from the space right in front of our hives:







While Mr. Bee checked the hives, the kids and I chased this awesome camouflaged grasshopper: 


Our girls are still loving the wooden frames, and you can see below that they're drawing out the comb right up to the edges, wide and in an extremely even pattern. Beautiful!


The hives are starting to be filled with capped honey, and this is very exciting for us.


Little Miss Bee tried on her dad's beekeeping veil.


Look how tall that middle hive is getting!  I hope it gets even taller, and we do still have a bit of summer left.


I was excited to enter some of my photos from the last year in our County Fair. My color enlargement did not place...


...but my Color Collection won third place.


It was fun to look back at the last year of beekeeping to choose my photos and it was exciting to think of the photos I might have next year.

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