Wednesday, March 19, 2008

bees arrive accompanied by spring

i know spring isn't officially here for a couple of days yet. today is a glorious.

the daffodils are blooming.

the fruit trees are budding up.

the willow is leafing out.

kassi thinks it is spring too.

the ice storm killed one of my "show" bamboo plants. argh..

clothes on the line are always a beautiful thing.

the bees have arrived. they are safe and seem to like the place. kassi is so excited. she greets them and stand back and admires their activities.

this is the busiest hive. the activity level is amazing.

this hive seems a little less robust. i might end up replacing this queen if they don't do well.

tristan lost his front top tooth. very important business for a five year old. the camera focused on kassi--too bad for the missed close-up.

toly is excited about the prospect of spring too.

this is the little wet weather brook that flows down the ravine. cute isn't it?

this is how much rain we got over the past thirty or so hours. the drain plug leaks so i'm sure that this isn't an accurate measure.

the garlic really liked the rain. we are guessing 8+ inches of rain. some of the garlic has to pierce the oak leaf mulch. i imagine i'll have to help it out a bit. the onions not-shown are rained in and should take off also.

i am very excited about the bees but a little scared. not scared of the bees but scared like "God, what have i gotten myself into?"


Danielle said...

Everything looks wonderful! Your ground doesn't look too sopping from all that rain. Must have drained off really well! Congrulations on bringing home the bees.

tansy said...

the sun just came out here about 20 minutes ago. i noticed this a.m. all the rain made everything GREEN.

i love spring.

yay for bees!

Ang. said...

My husband hauls bee supplies for Dadant & Sons. I have wished many times to start a couple of hives. But then I remember that I am afraid of bees. I look forward to watching your hives flourish!

hillbilly2be said...

Beautiful pictures, Karl. I cannot believe how green things are there... we must be a week or so behind you here. Things are just starting to turn. We got nailed with the rain too, probably about 8" or so.

The bees sounds like a lot of fun!


Kramer said...

Makes me want bees. Don't bees smell fear or something like that. I'd be done for then because I would not trust that little suit to protect me and then one would get in and all he would smell is fear. I would then be in a fear suit. Great.

pablo said...

The writer Sue Hubbell said that at one time everyone's grandfather kept bees, and it's true. My grandfather kept a couple of hives just as a hobby. I don't think you need to be too worried about them. They mostly self-manage. Plus, you're my role model, so I can't have you being afraid of anything!

Danielle said...

Glad you guys didn't float away!

I need to order my hives this week—my nucs will be ready in early May. Yay!

I hope the new season brings health and happiness to the Pile!

mamabug said...

Hi, Bees! I am glad to hear spring is arriving at the pile.

mamabug said...

Hi, Bees! I am glad to hear spring is arriving at the pile.

Lisa said...

Looks like it's busy at the "pile!" The pictures look great! Thanks for sharing them!

Christy said...

How exciting to get bees! I can't wait to get bees.

jayedee said...

are bees the most incredible creatures? i am really stoked over ours! here's what happened to us:

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