Well, Spring Was Short This Year…

Actually it’s beautiful outside and has been for days but the temperature is supposed to reach 82 today. The plants are starting to bust out all over the place. It’s such a hopeful occurrence each year but I was reminded yesterday of something a little less than hopeful… my bees died again. I was optimistic this year because they were alive as of January 16th as you may remember if you happened to see this post. It’s probably too late to order more bees for this year and I guess I wouldn’t anyway because I simply don’t have enough time. Maybe next year, we’ll get back on the horse. We went over to some friends’ house last night and I got my haircut al fresco. It was sunny, 70 degrees with a slight breeze. Occasionally the cut hairs would fly in my face but if I had my druthers, I’d get my haircut outdoors whenever the weather was nice. They gave us a bouquet of flowering quince branches that Mom put in a vase when we arrived home. It was dark in the kitchen so I had to use the flash…

The bottlebrush buckeye is also coming out…

Here’s a closeup of the wee bottlebrush already formed in miniature…

The peonies and astilbe are popping through too and of course the pear trees all over town. I know that they are very common but for a week or so when they all bloom it becomes evident why they’re planted everywhere. Here’s my neighbor’s pear tree days away from all it’s glory, which kinda makes a good case for burying our power lines some day although I’m sure that a trying to get a project that huge done would probably lead us down the road to nazism and white slavery but one can hope…

Not sure if anyone remembers this post but it has a video of a Bulgarian woman singing “Without You” in what she thinks is english and instead of “can’t live, if living is without you”, she sings “ken lee, tilibu dibu douchoo”. Well Sofia loves this video and is constantly singing this refrain in both english and bulgarian english and sometimes a bit of both together. This morning she announced that she was gonna be a dog until it was time for school and added a third version… “can’t woof, if woofing is without you”. That’s all I got… gonna go get some coffee and do a crossword puzzle.

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8 Responses to “Well, Spring Was Short This Year…”

  1. Gordo Says:

    Jim, our hives got hammered over the winter: lost 12 out of 15 hives. the good news is that the hive that we wanted to start raising queens from (gentle, excellent producers and real survivors) are going gangbusters. 🙂

    You can always leave your hive out as a bait box and try for a swarm. Clear out the dead bees, make sure it’s all clean and dry and just leave the comb in it. Actually, pull the comb and out it all in the deep freezer for a week first. That will kill any wax moth eggs. You might get lucky and swarms ten to be from hardy survivor stock.

    • jim Says:

      hi gordo, sorry to hear… 12 out of 15, wow! I heard on the radio that this winter has been a terrible one for bees. thanks for the advice, i think i might try it.

  2. ang Says:

    there’s plenty of bees around here…want some??

  3. zygote Says:

    82 degrees already!!

  4. cindy shake Says:

    Ahh, Spring’s rebirth is in process. Sorry to hear about your bees :o(
    We have several friends up here that keep bees -but they never make it through the winter. It’s fun to see the different plants and trees in your area. Not sure if you have seen this Bee Keeping Blog but I really enjoy following her: http://beekeeperlinda.blogspot.com/

  5. cindy shake Says:

    geeze !! **that was supposed to be a sad face**!! sorry.

  6. Meredith Says:

    we sat outside today to have lunch.
    It was so mice to enjoy some sun after the long winter.
    Darn- sorry about your bees- not fun!
    Do we need to send Sophia the barking dogs who do Christmas songs???

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