Last weekend, we witnessed a minor metrological miracle. For once, the rain held off when we went in to weed and plant our patch of fruiting trees and bushes, herbs and wildflowers in Leathermarket Gardens. It's good to see the plants getting their feet down and fruiting copiously, now that the blossom has almost gone - a sure sign that the Bermondsey Street pollination brigade has been on the wing ! That's what it's all about, after all.
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Welcome to the first Bermondsey Street Apiary report of 2014. Executive summary: the bees are in great shape. So much so that, in early April, I found some Queen Cups. Half-empty or half-full, Queen Cups are fundamentally important to successful beekeeping.
As a townie, I am starting to learn about country beekeeping. For example, fields of oilseed rape are not common in London. In Suffolk, careful management of strong bee colonies close to these flying carpets of canary-coloured flowers is required if you are not to lose an early swarm - or if you do not require a good deal of hard-to-extract, solid-setting rape honey.
Overheard: a languid French accent, from a table of elegant ladies-who-lunch after a disdainful glance at the pudding trolley: “Chérie, I would not get fat for zat”. Recent research suggests that honeybee foragers make similar fussy calculations about the pros and cons of food sources.
The first inspections of 2013 in the Bermondsey Street Bees' Apiary took place in the balmy evening sunshine on Thursday 25th April 2013: Abbey Hive, firing on all cylinders, Thames Hive, not such a bunch of tearaways, after all, and Shard Hive, cursed with a drone-laying Queen...