We’ve been quite concerned about our wild (and domestic bees). They’ve been having a bit of a bad time, so it was a delight to see so many at work today in amongst the flowers in Royal Avenue Gardens.
As far as domestic bees go, this information from friends who keep bees. The cold winder, and cold Spring meant hives that survived have had to be fed through the cold period. Here, we had what seemed like weeks of Easterlies (we call ’em beasterlies). These were quite strong and even though we had loads of lovely sun light they kept the temperatures down and the velocities were high enough to keep bees grounded in their hives. Then finally, we get some glorious weather and the plants start hoarding water and shut down their nectar production. It ain’t easy being a bee.