Joan’s New Bees

I’ve told you about our friend Joan’s bees. In this post from March, I wrote about an epic swarm that split off from her beehive. Well, sadly, the bees continued to produce more swarms, and finally the hive was so weakened that it failed.

George and Joan were debating what to do when things fell into place last week. George’s query to his beekeeper group netted an amazingly generous offer from Bob Ballard to deliver one of his hives to Joan’s house.

Beehive

Bob loaded the bees into his truck in Hayward; they arrived in Richmond without mishap.

Beehive

Bob, George and Joan moved the hive into place.

Beehive

Finally it was time to let the bees out!

Beehive

Some ventured about, exploring their new home. Joan’s garden is a paradise of flowers, bushes and trees – like the flowers in the foreground of this photo.

Beehive

I was amazed to see a bee crawl into this beautiful dangling flower.

Bee in flower

And of course they loved the Salvia.

Bee on Salvia

There are techniques you can use to try to minimize swarming, but it seems that the strain of bees we originally gave Joan tend to swarm more than normal. Now that she has a new hive, I think they’ll be happy in her garden for a long long time.

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