|Heavy Resin Comb|
Last month, when we had the hot hot 122 degree day, several of the combs dropped in the beehive. We let it go so they could calm down, recover and rebuild.
We ended up having some honey trade obligations; honey promised for other goods - a pretty good trade deal. We usually only raid the hive once a year around this time so the hive has time to rebuild and store up before the weather gets cooler.
|Heavy resin comb|
summer. But, sometimes, it just doesn't combat our hottest weather.
The comb that dropped had no larvae and was on the bottom and cockeyed and built over, so we took about 1/3 of what was there to clean up the mess and make sure everything looked okay.
We had our first really smooth comb raid since starting our beekeeping hobby. It was a really nice experience for a change.
Last year we processed 1 gallon of honey from two full combs. This year, we pulled probably 4 or 5 combs and Mr. Man thinks we won't even get a gallon... I'm thinking mathematically we should get more than last time. Mr. Man argues these combs aren't as full as the others. Maybe... but still 4 or 5 compared to two...
|Cananga odorata Ylang Ylang|
For a lovely fragrance and bee joy we bought a Ylang Ylang tree - very tiny yet, but something we can really look forward to having around. It looks very similar to atemoya and for good reason. It is also in the annonaceae family.
If this is seed grown, it can start blooming in as little as 3
|Ylang Ylang Flowers|
Bees, hummingbirds and butterflies should be very attracted to the blossoms and the custard-jasmine scent should be a very relaxing aroma to be around.
If put in the right location, this tree could provide a heavenly scent and a year round nectar source for the bees. It is all about the bees, after all.