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July Nectar Flow

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July Nectar Flow

July Nectar Flow – It seems like the main nectar flow has started.  A week ago the hives seemed to be going through the dreaded ‘June gap’ and had consumed a bit of their spring stores.  As I went down to the apiary to do the weekly inspections, I was very much surprised by how much honey the bees had managed to collect since my last visit about a week ago.  A couple of the hives have already filled up 3 supers and it looks like they have a long way still to go.  The huge number of lime trees...

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Sanderstead Apiary

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Sanderstead Apiary

Sanderstead Apiary – We have been really lucky and have been offered a great little space for a small apiary in Sanderstead, Surrey.  It’s a great secluded space with lots of natural vegetation around and no one to interfere with the bees.  So in preparation we put down our bases and bricks ready for a whole set of new colonies.  Hopefully as the Season progresses, we can expand the apiary and try to fill it out with at least 10 colonies. This is what the site looked like with our first 2 colonies in place:   The area we have...

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New Apiary Setup

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New Apiary Setup

New Apiary Setup - In a bid to keep our colonies spread around, we had started preparing a new site as the home for our new 2015 colonies in the early spring.   Having been given quite a generous space to use, we cleared all the weeds and set down some chip wood to help keep the weeds at bay (which has partially worked).  After a lot of work and a fairly promising start to the 2015 season, we have our newest addition to the London Bee family:   There is still plenty of space, so if we can, we will...

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Bees in the wildflower patch

Bees in the wildflower patch

Bees in the Wildflower Patch - We have a few hives in Croydon which are positioned on a roof top right in front of a large piece of unused land full of wildflowers.  Of all the colonies we have, this little patch seems to produce the tastiest honey.  It’s very light in colour and has a very fruity taste, almost like black berry or some type of berry !! The other positive outcome of having the colonies here is the amount of nectar and the period of flow.  It seems like the flow starts early in spring and goes right thorough...

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Honeybees and Pollination

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Honeybees and Pollination

Honeybees and Pollination - When setting up the apiary last year, we decided to plant some fruit trees in front of the hives as a natural way to make the bees’ flight path more elevated rather than using an unattractive fence. It definitely worked and the bees take off flying right over the trees and out of the way of anyone passing by.  It also offers some cover from unwanted attention which is an added bonus. Since we are finally in the flowering/fruiting period, the effect of having fruit trees so close to the hives is amazing.  We had planted plums,...

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