Greetings friends, gardeners and beekeepers!

It has been quite some time since my last dramatic bee-mail update! I know some of you have been waiting on the edge of your seat to know if there was a battle of the Queens… Did the combining hives survive… Will I have a super hive… ???

Well – I am happy to report – no news is good news – and that means my bees have been doing brilliantly well – combined – into one mega hive! I had bee-guru Jean Claude come out to visit and inspect the monolithic structure (see attached) – and the Mavis/Sally combo is GREAT!

Back Camera

He and I doused them with powdered sugar (a preventative measure to protect against the Varroa mite) – and then I left them alone – for awhile… BUT I am planning a major hive inspection this Saturday (7/28) at 2PM – and would welcome anyone should you be curious! I may even wrangle you to help out, too – as the hive bodies are extremely HEAVY – ladden with late season brood and honey. So – come on by!

Also – please mark your calendar for the weekend of 8/17 – 8/18!
Sadie Richards (the other apiarist) and I will host an outdoor screening the documentary Queen of the Sun ( at the Leland Herb Garden on Friday, August 17th at 8:30PM to kick off National Honey Bee Day – And on Saturday, 8/18, The Leland Herb Garden will have their own Honey & Herb celebration – a 15 year tradition where the gardeners and beekeepers share tales and wares – from 1 – 4PM.

I hope you are all well!

Look forward to seeing some of you soon!

All my best,