Friday, April 2, 2010

Italian Ladies from Georgia

Spring has come to the woods.

Managed to get some peas planted in the garden last weekend...for the first time before MAY. Maybe we'll actually get some this year?? Planning to attack the cold frames and finish them today. We built the frame and got it filled last weekend (gravel, sand, soil), then I ran out of time. It is a block-buster weekend with a forecast full of sun! After I hit the publish button, I'll be out in the drive stripping those recycled hinges and giving the windows a coat of paint...

To Be Continued...

As for the girls.. well.. the hives didn't fair so well this winter. Despite having excellent honey stores we lost a lot of hives. Yesterday we installed two new packages of bees. Sweet Italian ladies all the way from Georgia. They faired excellent on their trip North! At least they won't be shocked by 40 degrees and rain today! Calling for sun and 80 degrees ~ just like "home"!!

We tucked everyone in last night for bed. I was so excited to see them!! There just isn't anything like the hum of the girls in the garden.

Ran out to the hives first thing this morning (in my PJ's with coffee, camera, laundry to hang, and chickens in tow..) to turn them out and welcome them! Captured the first girl leaving the hive just as her front feet lifted off.

Welcome to Pennsylvania girls!
Welcome..

16 comments:

Michelle said...

Hi! I'm sorry the hives didn't do so well...is it as devastating as I imagine? I just think I would be so sad... sap that I am!

Although I have to say...the Italian ladies are beautiful. No wonder I love them so much...we are of the same decent! I want bees...someday. xo

Can't wait to see your cold frames...maybe I can get some ideas and actually FINISH mine! No lid. No sand. Nothing. I don't even think I have it facing the right way...lol!

Glad to see you...miss your voice... have a beautiful sun-filled weekend...xo

Conny said...

That's the best kind of "humm" in the garden! ...next to the humming we do ourselves. :>)

Good luck this weekend - warm sunshine will do everyone a bit of good.

Knitty, Vintage and Rosy said...

Bella Bees!

Sorry to hear you lost some over winter.

Lisa

I Love Pretty Little Things said...

What a wonderful life you have! I love how much joy you get from the girls humming! Perfect word picture! I hope that all goes well with your hives, and that you have gallons and gallons of honey!
Joyce

Jessica said...

I've always thought having my own bees would be fun (but I don't think that my neighbors here would like it!)

Joanna said...

Sounds like your weekend is going to busy! Do you have a problems with the varroa mite? It is quite a problem for bee keepers in the UK.

k dilley said...

I'm so glad spring has finally come to your neck of the woods!

Camilla~ Bloom said...

Wonderful first signs of spring...bees buzzing -bird singing, I love spring.
Happy Easter to you and your family.

Amy @ Homestead Revival said...

How nice to have bees! I'm chomping at the bit, but must wait yet another season. Next year for sure!

So sorry to hear some of your bees didn't make it. I'm always sad to hear this as it just seems to be a tough go for so many - varroa mite?

Kelly said...

Oh, so sorry the hives didn't winter over well. That must be very disappointing. .....but, looks like the new batch of girls is getting right to it!

I love the image I got of you with the laundry and chickens traipsing across the yard in your PJ's. Good stuff- and did you manage to do all of this without spilling your coffee? If so you have some serious talent girl. :)

Nancy said...

Such beautiful ladies. I bet they are going to love their new home.

Starting to feel like spring here. Cleaned out 2 beds this weekend. 2 more to go.

Told Lawman he was going to have to rent a tiller. I'm turning one bed into a mini-garden (again). Probably nothing more than tomatoes and zucchini but oh, they'll taste good.

deb said...

Those Italian Ladies... that's amore!! :) I would love to have bees but know nothing so your posts so interesting and fun.

I love that the chickens followed you out in the morning. It's like having the whole "family" share in the excitement!

Chantal said...

So exciting! May the new girls love it at your place.

The Hip Homemaker said...

Yay for new bees, but too bad you lost some! Isn't the garden anticipation reaching a fever pitch. I feel a physical ache to get out and grow things!

poppyseed said...

You make me miss my bees. I had a couple hives a long time ago. Your post is so nice. I hope your "ladies" do well!

Carmen said...

We want to start "doing" the bee thing. We have a large catalpa tree in the front yard that has a large bee colony in it but we have no way of getting to the honey. : ( Do you have any suggestions where to get started? Websites, books, etc.? The thought of having raw honey and helping the bee population (not to mention pollination!!) appeals so much to us. Thoughts?