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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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Monday, January 04, 2016

Happy Bee Year 2016 - It's Finally Cold

In Atlanta, it is finally cold and the bees are clustering (and hopefully alive). They have had countless days to fly. As is typical of January in the south, there are some blooming plants so the bees can find pollen and some nectar from outliers like Fatsia Japonica:

As I walked the dog, I saw camellia in bloom and the bees are often on it. Unlike the day I took the photos above, the day I shot the camellia was too cold for bees, but here is the camellia anyway:

While my own rosemary is not in bloom, I saw several rosemary varieties that were:

And although I didn't get its picture, mahonia is in bloom as well. I passed one in bloom while walking Hannah and thought, oh, I'll get the next one and there was no next one! Here's a photo of it from the Internet. When the bloom is finished, dark blue berries appear. The bees love the flowers and the birds love the berries - isn't nature grand!


  1. Nice to see you have feed at the ready as soon as the bees fly! Here in the rather frigid Pacific Northwest (just at freezing today, dipping below at nights), the rosemary in our herb garden has been in heavy bloom since September. Too cold for the bees, but not the rosemary!

  2. Even though we've had warm days and the bees were flying here there weren't any flowers for them. I put out a couple of plates of fruit puree for them one day and it was gone by night fall. At one point the plates were totally covered in bees :)

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