Why, you ask? Because it’s one of the major nectar flows here, and blackberry honey is fantastic. And when I say major, I’ve heard of hives filling multiple supers in a week.
That’s a ton of honey.
Last year though, the flow was horrible because the weather was so wet. Blackberries need a three day window of reasonable weather with no rain to start producing lots of nectar.
This year … not looking so good overall. The bloom started a week or so ago and it’s been wet, wet, wet.
At least that’s until I went up to check on my apiary yard this afternoon.
Hive status? The two new packages had about five frames of bees, which isn’t that bad for a package that’s about two months old. They’re bringing plenty of stuff in.
The overwintered hive though … busting at the seams! Two full boxes of bees with more in one of the supers I had on. I checked a couple frames and there’s no capped honey at all, which is unfortunate. They’re bringing stuff in like mad though, and the queen is actively laying.
But the good news? Since the place they’re at is in a bit of a climate shifted area, the bloom just started. Most of the flowers haven’t even opened yet. And the next several weeks is looking FANTASTIC weather wise. A couple days of rain this weekend, but then sunny and occasional clouds.
I could be putting away a bumper crop from this hive if the conditions hold. That’d be nice after last years dismal performance.