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    Friday, June 17, 2011


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    Seanna Lea

    Beekeeping is one of the things I've considered getting into. I'm not sure it is allowed in my area (Quincy doesn't allow chickens even though one of the neighboring towns and one of the most citified towns I've lived in do).

    It's good seeing the activity spike up. I've definitely considered going out there with a paint brush and doing the job by hand.


    I was all gung ho on taking a beekeeping class & putting in a hive, but then one of our customers did it & gave me the impression it's a decent amount of work. I just don't have the time. So anyway, my two cents: tempting, but not a trivial amount of work.


    My husband has considered keeping bees, but we've already got our hands full with all the other critters. Maybe after we're no longer both working full-time?
    In the meantime, my brother has several hives, so we always have a gallon of honey in the pantry.
    I haven't seen anything but bumbles this year, yet, but I haven't looked very hard either...


    Around here I think some people loan out their yards to beekeepers - they get the benefits of the hive without the work. Maybe you could do that?


    We have a boatload of hives in our garden. The beekeeper thinks it's a perfect place to build healthy queens. He's had trouble keeping healthy queens, which are key to healthy hives. I'll get a picture and hope to meet the beekeeper soon! (Maybe some honey, too!)

    Jennifer B. / Brooklyn

    Ooh! Thank you for the pictures; I can almost smell the Queen Anne's Lace and hear the buzzing. It's enough to make a displaced country girl smile.


    Wish I could say bee activity had improved in these parts, but it hasn't, at least not yet.

    laurie d

    I see Bees!


    Glad to hear about your bees! Hope they have a very sweet summer.


    Owning my Bee-love. Hurray for more bees!


    You have bees again, that's fantastic! of course they'll be telling all their bee friends that Norma's place is The Place to Be!


    Thank goodness the bees are returning to you. Let's hope it's a sign of more to come.

    elizabeth a airhart

    we are so hot and dry in my part of florida
    i have'nt heard the sound of frogs for
    a very long time all the deep croaks after
    a good drenching rain we are bee short

    did you know that butterfly bushes now come
    in a smaller variety check proven winners

    i would rent a hive


    Some of your bees look like bee imitating hover flies. The angle of their wings are splayed out a bit. I had one of them trapped in the house today that I caught in a bug box and googled after. This is what I found:

    The main link is:

    Fascinating stuff. Great post and photos.

    Lynn Howell

    Glad to know that there are some bees still out there. Here in Central FL, the Epcot Flower and Garden show had abt 4 bees buzzing around, MUCH lower than the last couple of years. Plus my bee keeping friends say the population has gone down DRASTICALLY. Wonder what that means for our orange trees......

    Hurray for the bees! And yes, they are impossible to photograph... Mr Jefferies is much more accommodating.


    I say, "get a hive!"
    you can set up in a weekend, your bees arrive in the mail, and once you are set ip, you CAN ignore the bees until honey harvest time. Honey harvesting should take a weekend or two.
    The biggest trouble is the expense of the gear to do it... And getting stung.

    Even here in Alaska, lots of busy folks keep bees. Our trouble is getting them to survive winters. Most people here just get new bees every year.
    We have beekeepers on both sides of us, so our garden enjoys the benefits... And our neighbors always have honey to spare.

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