Friday, April 6, 2012

State Of The Bee Yard Address

In a spring where many local beekeepers are reporting winter hive losses of between 30 and 50 percent, Stella kept all seven of her hives buzzing happily along.



And while that in itself is an impressive statistic, it includes one tiny swarm we picked up in August that never even got one full box of bees and honey pulled together.



This is not the first time she's coddled a tiny, late season hive along.

As the old saying goes, "A swarm in May is worth a load of hay. A swarm in June is worth a silver spoon. A swarm in July (or August) isn't worth a fly."

Unless you're Stella - a bee charmer with a golden thumb :-).

12 comments:

Alice said...

How sweet is that news !!
Stella has the magic touch!

Anonymous said...

And that is why Stella was awarded "The Beekeeper Award" in 2010. Stella sets a good example that we can all learn from.
RC

Bee Lady said...

Great for Stella! My hives survived this year too. I'm thrilled about it.

Cindy Bee

Nancy K. said...

EWwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww!

How many times have you been stung?

(squeemy geemeeies)

Sheepmom said...

Yay for Stella and the bees! Care and concern pays off with all livestock, including bees! Looking forward to honey harvest blogs........

Dreaming said...

What a cute rhyme. I've never heard it before. We lived across the street from a church that always had trouble with bees setting up housekeeping behind the planks of the walls. We saw a few swarms come and go. That was incredible to witness!

Dreaming said...

Oops... I hit 'enter' too soon!
What was the cause of such huge losses of hives?
What was Stella able to do that other's didn't or couldn't do?

Lori Skoog said...

Don't you have bees too?

Tami Weingartner said...

Bee keeping....is on my Bucket List!

Michelle said...

Go Stella!

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

Lovely pictures of the bee hives!
We have been complaining that due to the warm winter, we will have more bugs - yulk!!
In your case, more bees is a very good thing :-}}
Go Stella!

Terry said...

50-70%! That's horrible!

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