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What a wonderful way to begin the week with a visit to my new hives. I found the blue queen and was amazed by what she and her workers have done. Seven of the frames are heavy with brood and honey.  Though they are about one-third the size of the newest hive, they are thrifty, hard workers. There was still sugar syrup in their feeder, but it appeared from all the activity they have abandoned it for the nectar flow. I wanted to name the new monarchs and decided her name shall be Iris in honor of the glorious blue wildflowers that dot the swamps.  Her iridescent dot is fading but she was easily identified. I put on another super (box) with ten new frames. She will move up as the frames fill and continue her tireless propagating of the colony.

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The second queen, who arrived on Wednesday, is unmarked for now. I gave that colony more syrup in their feeder and didn’t dig down to check on them. It has only been a few days since they settled and every time I open them to the elements, it sets them back a day or so. They flood the entrance and move in clouds around the bee yard. Hanni and I were trying to come up with a name of the second queen and settled on Cleo, short for Cleopatra. She came with an entourage and is perfectly, beautifully unmarked.

The joys of having bees in my life again include a minimum of two trips a day to the bee yard. I sit quietly and watch their antics. Their busy hum is calming as I reflect on life renewed. I identify with my queens after a wonderful Mother’s Day with my own girls who made me feel so loved.

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14 comments on “It is good to be the Queen!

  1. Touring NH says:

    Glad you got to share your bees with your daughters in person. Perfect names for the queens!

    1. Thanks Laura, you must come meet the queens soon!!

  2. julieallyn says:

    Lovely essay. May your summer be sweet!!

    1. Thank you Julie. Your’s too!!

  3. It’s nice to see your kids once in a while! (Maybe if I say that loud enough I’ll see mine.)

    1. I hope you do! I certainly feel blessed to have had them together with me for the first time in years. Emailing, texting or even telephoning just isn’t the same at all. I

  4. ‘A bee hum’ – I can almost feel the vibration. Wonderful.

    1. Hi Susan and Thanks! The only identifiable individual is the queen, the rest are just a sound and a wave of bodies moving as one!

  5. Nolsie says:

    Good news on both fronts, good for you!

    1. Thanks Mark! Here’s to being the queen of whatever kingdom you choose (or the king in your case!)

      1. Nolsie says:

        Thankyou Martha! Look forward to hearing how your bees go!

  6. Marie Keates says:

    Glad you were pampered a little on Mother’s Day. If I had bees it would be hard to drag me away from the hive I think.

    1. I can’t describe it but you do get it, there is something so seductive about just sitting with them. Thanks Marie!

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