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Sunday, March 01, 2009

A Miserable Day for Bees



It's March in Atlanta and guess what! We have snow. It snowed all day long. This picture was snapped around 1 PM. The snow fell thick and beautifully all day. I imagine the bees wished for sun and temps over 60, but instead, in Atlanta's inimitable spring way, the temps were a little above freezing all day long. Tonight it will drop into the 20s. I hope for the best for the bees.

If you're wondering about Bermuda back in the corner with five (5???) boxes, there is an explanation. You'll notice the hive is in all medium boxes. Wintering in mediums requires three full boxes - sometimes four. This hive went into winter with the bottom three boxes full of bees and honey. The fourth box was skimpily filled but did have honey that I never harvested. Above the fourth box is a ziploc baggie so the last box is simply empty, surrounding the baggie.
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  1. Aww :( I hope they don't freeze

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  2. Your poor cold bees! Julia

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  3. I'm in North Carolina and I think the storm that hit you came to us a little later in the day. It's beautiful but ... I worry about all the outside critters.

    I hope your bees survive!

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