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Saturday, April 12, 2008

My Apiary 2008

This year I am starting the season with seven hives. Here are four of the deck hives - left to right:
  • Bermuda - starting her third season with a queen they replaced in the fall
  • Mellona - starting her second season - I haven't seen the queen yet this year
  • Small Swarm collected on 4/8 in Chamblee - may or may not have a viable queen in two medium hive bodies and isn't named yet
  • Swarm collected on 4/1 from an office parking lot shrub in Sandy Springs in my former swarm lure hive - also without a name

In front of Bermuda is my first as yet unnamed nuc hive, hived on 4/11

In my yard in a flower bed is nuc hive #2 also unnamed as yet, hived on 4/11

Also in my yard under another tree is nuc hive #3 unnamed, hived on 4/11

So I need five hive names - Greek/Roman mythology, here I come!

My yard guys are going to quit. I've let them ignore the deck because they are uncomfortable with the bees. I've been thinking I'd hang a veil for them to use on the fence so that my backyard gets cut this summer. We'll see.

A couple of years ago, I went to an Appalachian festival in Frostburg, MD where my daughter, Becky, lives. A woman there had goats that she named alphabetically according to year. The year we met her goats, they all had names that began with M: Muriel, Mabel, Maryanne.

I love this yellow paint that my friend Tracy gave me. I think for the year 2008, every box I paint will be yellow and every top, SBB or bottom board will be painted blue.
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  2. Anonymous3:24 PM

    I am so excited for you Linda, I truly do not know what to say. I just love these photos of the new hive boxes painted yellow and blue. You are giving me ideas. I can't wait to hear the new names of the hives. I know you will come up with some good ones.

    Take care and happy beekeeping this summer.

    Annette from Placerville California

  3. I am so jealous!

    Ok, how do I get on Cindy's swarm list for the Alpharetta/Roswell area? My nucs should be ready on Saturday.


  4. Anonymous10:56 AM

    Thanks for the update on your growing apiary Linda! Look how far you've come in just two years. Amazing. You're my hero--I admire you for being a dedicated beekeeper, sharing your enthusiasm, teaching others, taking great videos and photos and maintaining your blog. You're a great role model for beginning beeks like me, and your blog is my favorite bee site. Between you, Michael Bush's website and the Organic Beekeeping list I think I'm prepared when my nuc arrives next week. Now if I could just do half as well as you have, I'll be thrilled. You are an inspiration.

    Chantal in North Carolina


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