11th October 2020
Yes, finally we have some new season honey!
So the bees ate pretty much what we left them over Winter.
They have now been out foraging the masses of spring florals we grow here. It seems, by the taste, they have made a lot of orchard blossom visits.
There is a little white box mingled in; a little yellow box here-and-there too and a couple of buckets of entirely sweet peach tasting florals. Each flavour is unique to its hive, we don't blend them together, so you get to taste their individuality and marvel at the bees' focus.
We encourage you to order quickly - especially if you like Spring florals!
It has been a beautiful, soft spring here and some rain this week would now be very welcome to keep everything humming along.
9th September 2020
John and Yvette, our Woofer, undertook hive inspections yesterday, the first time since Winter began. We left the bees with plenty of their honey (of course) and the fact that they have eaten nearly all of it confirms that there wasn't much else around over Winter. The hive numbers are however beginning to build, the bees seem busy and content (a gentle hive energy emanates) and we are hopeful that rain soon will induce more flowering for them. We think that many plants are still in recovery mode from two years of drought, and of course at low sun spot times, everything is slower and more subdued.
It looks as if we won't have honey until early October this year and it will be interesting to see what flavours they find when we do.
Finally, Happy Birthday to my Mother who would have been 94 today. Mums always remain special.
So far so good on our makeshift frost protection for our mangoes and macadamias.
The new and transplanted citrus was expected to take its chances in between!
Had a few doozies, but not unexpected here and helps to reduce the bug numbers before Spring bounds in once more. We do make sure the ground is well mulched and chipped to keep the roots warm too as that's where much of the magic happens. We have Gwen and George, the guavas, similarly covered in W2, hopefully they'll all be a little more frost tolerant as they grow up!
Surprising what can be done with pegs, duct tape and old sheets and absolutely no eye for colour co-ordination!
Never ceases to amaze me the difference between each hive's honey, even when collected over the same time period.
From left to right we have the current pour of Sweet Summer; Midsummer Melody & Burnt Caramel (my current favourite). Our honeys are always changing reflecting the seasons and the bees own selections; we always leave them plenty too.
Yes, it is now the turn of our apples to go for glory. Meet Roy, the largest red delicious I have ever seen. I know apples are a bit 'elastic' at the end of their growing time, but the 100mls of rain in two hours recently seems to have stretched this a bit further than usual. He's not completely ripe, but untimely fell from a branch, so may be destined for a pie. 'Tis not an ill wind that blows apple pie here!