Lazy bee gardening

I admit that I’ve been pretty neglectful of my garden in the last few months as I’ve been off to bee school early on a Saturday and exhausted by the time I get home. Now that I am coming to the end of all my hard bee preparation, I’ve been taking the time to wander around the garden in the morning watching the bees at work.

honey bee in nasturtiums

In my absence, my nasturtiums have taken over a good 3 metres of my veggie patch – swallowing tomato plants, green onions and chives in their path. But watching the bees gorge themselves this morning, I couldn’t be too upset; it’s like having a neon sign in your yard saying “Bee Stop Here”.

honey bee with pollen

Bee school

North Brisbane Bee Keepers - Bee School

Today was a public holiday in Brisbane thanks to the Ekka. I hope that next year I will be competing in the Honey Court with my Mead at the Ekka but I’ve got a fair wait til then. While I’m still a newbee learning the ropes, I took the opportunity to get a morning in at Bee School. I am a fortunate member of the North Brisbane Bee Keepers Association and our Treasurer John, kindly imparts his wisdom to other members from his hive site at Geebung.

Today we were keeping an eye out for hives that could be split as many of us will be receiving new queens on Saturday and John has offered to supply nukes from splits of his very healthy hives.

If anyone is thinking about taking up Apiary (bee keeping) I highly recommend joining a club as there are heaps of people happy to share their knowledge and also to give you a helping hand when needed.

The lovely Nadine from Madame Honey who happens to also be a professional photographer, was on hand for me today to take a proper in focus photo of my queen (named Madonna) while I took a peek in my hive.

Queen Madonna (blue spot)

Queen Madonna and attendants

Isn’t she beautiful!

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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