I picked up some package bees for myself and others this year. They came a day early, on a warm 80 degree day. But because packages NEVER come early, I had to get them the next day, during a blustery, 40 degree lunch hour.
Two-thirds of the packages were picked up on the first day, leaving one-third of the packages to deal with cold temps on the second pick-up day.
On the way to and from home, I passed this building and had to take a picture.
By the time I rolled into town for my first package drop-off, the sun emerged and temps rose to the mid-50’s.
Two packages were installed at this community garden site.
My second drop-off was just down the street at another youth services organization and community garden. I offered moral support to a first-time package installer:
I then made a quick stop to re-queen a hive. It would have been much easier to combine the hive or let it go, but the homeowner has gone to great lengths to have bees in the yard. I introduced a Carniolan mated queen. She looked great with her attendants.
Lastly, I worked on my own personal bee hive. Even though this hive is in town, it is not near buildings. The wind was howling bitterly and feeling very cold. I started the day with a down jacket, installed a few packages wearing just a shirt, and ended with the jacket.
I am looking forward to keeping this hive because it is in a community garden. The plot nearest me is worked by a man who is looking forward to being near the hive because he grew up with bee hives in Africa.