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I've been keeping this blog for all of my beekeeping years and I am beginning my 18th year of beekeeping in April 2023. Now there are more than 1300 posts on this blog. Please use the search bar below to search the blog for other posts on a subject in which you are interested. You can also click on the "label" at the end of a post and all posts with that label will show up. At the very bottom of this page is a list of all the labels I've used.

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I began this blog to chronicle my beekeeping experiences. I have read lots of beekeeping books, but nothing takes the place of either hands-on experience with an experienced beekeeper or good pictures of the process. I want people to have a clearer picture of what to expect in their beekeeping so I post pictures and write about my beekeeping saga here. Along the way, I've passed a number of certification levels and am now a
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Thursday, March 15, 2012

My Holly Is Buzzing….

Yesterday the holly bushes burst into bloom.  I have a holly on either side of my front door in my new house.  The smell is overwhelming and the holly bushes are buzzing.  There are bumble bees and honey bees on every bloom.  The bees only stay a short moment - thus it was difficult to get a photo, but here are my efforts (I deleted 25 blurry pictures!)

Several years ago when Paul Arnold examined my honey, he said it was heavily informed by holly blossoms.

It's funny because the blossoms seem insignificant - most people don't even notice that their holly is in bloom.  You can't miss it at my house because it smells so sweet.

I do love the contrast of the red berries and the white blooms, promising more berries in the winter of 2012.

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