Its hard to believe its Christmas week and the shortest day of the year and it was 14 degrees today in Dalkey. The bees were pretty busy, not as busy as last week but still plenty of them out collecting nectar and pollen.
The Coronilla in Dalkey is in full flower since the end of November and should flower right through until the start of the summer. I’ve discovered that its a great plant for the bees, offering an abundance of pollen and nectar through-out the winter and spring. The pollen is a light yellow color and you can see the pollen baskets on the bees packed with it. Continue reading
All the bees in Ballycullen got their final checks and it’s a beautiful day here around 16-17 degrees. You can really smell the ivy nectar coming into the hives. Continue reading
I got the last of the summer honey extracted and its a nice rich golden color. This batch is from the bees at the bottom of the field here on the farm and was taken from the hives in September. Continue reading
I started preparing the heather honey cut comb from the heather this evening.
The first containers of cut comb I made up earlier in the year went pretty quick. They turned out to be very popular with some customers wanting to try it out and others like myself who just love a big chunk of it on think toast smothered with butter. Continue reading
I have been struggling to find some time to do final inspections and treat the last few hives in the home apiary. With the evenings closing in and the temperatures not very high by the time I get home it was getting difficult to finish them off. Continue reading
Some of the nucs were under pressure from other robbing bees and wasps even though I reduced the entrance right down with some foam. To make it even easier for them to defend I wanted to get it down to one bee in and out at a time Continue reading
Hopefully there will be plenty of Ballycullen honey next year for all the locals.
I moved up a few hives to Tim’s a couple of nights ago and checked them today to see if they moved over OK. Continue reading
Was up checking the hives on the heather and they appear to have been very busy in the last week, there are already some frames capped. On the drive up there I could see the whole mountain was purple with flowering heather. Continue reading
I was over with Tim from Oldcourt Hill Farm the other day and we got an area fenced off not to far away from the allotments for some of my beehives Continue reading