Busy bees

It’s a week today since I got my girls and a lot of frenetic energy has been spent both inside and outside the hive settling them in! It’s only been 3 days since I transferred them from their 5 frame nuke box to their 8 frame home but already they’ve started to build our all 3 additional foundation frames and the brood is looking exceptionally healthy. Great to see!

What’s Flowering July-August

Winter in Brisbane is not like winter anywhere else in the world. Our bees have an abundance of flora to feast on for pollen and nectar and bee keepers rarely stop harvesting honey.

French Lavender

French lavender traditionally flowers Winter-Spring. In my garden, it hasn’t stopped since it first started flowering in June 2014 – thanks to my lovely native girls and visiting honey bees.

Rocket – I never seem to make the most out of my rocket when it is growing, but the bees certainly love it when it bolts to flower.

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Benvenuti ai miei bellezze italiane

Welcome my Italian Beauties!

I’ve just taken possession of my first nuke box full of Italian Honey Bees from “The Bee Lady” Corrine in Carbrook. I wasn’t quite expecting them so early – since Queens aren’t usually available ti September, but we’ve had an unseasonably mild winter and mother nature has decided it was time.

These girls will be helping my Native bees (Tetragonula carbonaria) to help pollinate my veggie patch and keep me in a plentiful supply of golden honey.