My new Buckfast bees have arrived, all the way from Novasota, Texas!
Since about 9:30 this morning, I’ve had 20,000 bees in my kitchen, waiting for the weather to warm up a bit so they can move into their new homes.
Don’t worry, my Mean Bees are doing well. If anything, the cold winter weather perked them up. I’ll post some pictures of them later.
No, I’ve decided to add two more hives at the bottom of the garden.
After my unsuccessful foray with Italian bees last summer, I’m sticking with Buckfast bees. Some people don’t like them because they have a tendency to be a little, er, mean. (Hence the nickname for my big hive)
Not aggressive, mind you. Just feisty.
Which brings me to one of my many unscientific theories about beekeeping. Feisty bees do better.
This is based purely on my personal experience, which I’ll freely admit is limited. But it does seem to make sense, Darwinism-wise. Survival of the fittest and all.
Did you know Charles Darwin kept bees? He did! I’ll bet he would agree with me.
Anyway, I’ll post more about the installation (later this afternoon. I have to buy the wine first…) and about Buckfast bees. Wish me luck. 🙂
- Poetry Month – “Telling The Bees” (romancingthebee.com)