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It was a loooooooonnnnnngggg time coming, but spring appears to be slowly seating itself in. Even though we haven't unwrapped the hives as yet (we had snow this week!!) the bees are out flying around and looking for pollen.
To that end, my beekeeper hubby gave each hive a little head start with 2 pollen patties each. These pre-made patties are purchased at the bee store wrapped in a special paper through which the bees can chew their way in. Pollen will signal the queen that spring is here and that it's time to start raising brood again.
There are little holes left in the paper so the bees can easily get started. Doesn't that look tasty?
This, and a little sugar syrup which will probably go out next week, should be enough to tide the bees over until buds start popping open and pollen begins appearing in nature.
I'm a quilt and pattern designer, award winning quilt maker, author and teacher. Since 1989, I have published well over 600 quilting patterns in magazines such as McCall's Quilting, Quilter's Newsletter, Quilt World, The Canadian Quilter and Quilter's Connection. I have contributed designs to 16 different books and co-authored Canadian Heritage Quilting with Diane Shink. My latest book, Quilting Beauties Come In All Shapes and Sizes, was published by AQS in 2015. Since 2018, I have been an Island Batik Ambassador. I am a dealer for Aurifil thread, and enjoy teaching workshops as time permits.