|one of ours w/ pollen baskets|
gathered feb 20th
To help us build our vocabulary, we've started taking walks around the neighborhood to get a better feel for what's in bloom and to collect pollen samples from known sources. I love this habit. One of the
gathered march 20th
heightened awareness of plants' bloom cycles. When you know that the health and productivity of your hives depends on the success of surrounding flora, you're more invested in the flowers and trees and you pay more attention. It is pleasant enough to see trees and flowers abloom simply for the sake of their beauty. To also see them also as dinner for the girls and as the makings of a fine-flavored honey is even more pleasurable.
Below we have pictures of just a couple of the plants in bloom around us now, alongside their pollen, magnified 200x.
|cornelian cherry in bloom|
|cornelian cherry pollen|
|glory of the snow pollen|
|glory of the snow in bloom|
And tomorrow five new packages of bees arrive. Ten thousand bees in a box, how fun! Check back for an illustrated explanation of what a package is and what you do with it.