WC Fields famously said: “Never work with animals or children”. A trenchant one-liner. But if you slavishly obeyed it, how would you go about getting a beautifully composed, close-up shot of bees feeding on a dripping honey-spoon? Continue reading “Bee-Wrangling For Bompas & Parr”
In August, we moved the hives at Lambeth Palace, London’s oldest garden, to a dappled new location. A neat job, but not without its complications.
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With Wimbledon out of the way, it’s possible to envisage strawberries, the quintessential summer fruit, without a dollop of cream. A simple pleasure for us, they’re jolly hard work for bees!
The image of country beekeeping is sedate, dreamy, redolent of a bygone age. Take, for example, the Soho Farmhouse apiary which I designed, installed and currently maintain. Nested up on a south-facing Cotswold hillside, it sits on top of the Farmhouse’s gorgeous production garden – an array of 10 WBC hives, knee-deep in wildflowers. Continue reading “Trials, Tribulations and Triumphs”
A honeybee sting is best avoided: the bee dies and you get a small dose of poison. It’s a lose-lose situation for both participants. So why do bees bother stinging at all ? Continue reading “The Sting”
It’s that time of year. The swarming season. It starts when the first dandelion bursts into flower and lasts until the summer solstice is over, just over a month from now. So why do bees swarm ?
I have a maxim, gained from my observation of the way the world works: “There may not be one single way to get it right. But there are lots of ways of getting it wrong.” It has served me well over the years.
The purpose of this blog is to inform and to entertain: this post falls squarely into the first category. After several months confined to the hive, my Suffolk bees took advantage of a warmer day to take a short flight last weekend. Why ? Those of a delicate disposition should look away now… Continue reading “Voiding”