Spring is coming – but not quite yet.

Spring is coming – but not quite yet.

 

Our blossoms are confused.   It happens around this time every single year in Katoomba.  We are only a few days away from the official start of Spring, but it’s almost always a false start.   There are some very warm days for a week or so – then we get another very cold snap late September.   The true spring doesn’t really start until well into October.   Last week we had days that were upwards in the high teens,  and although today is only 9 degrees it’s a beautiful sparkling day.   The bees can feel it – they are taking advantage of the raging sun and our various blossom trees are bursting into the warmer weather.  Good news is I have spied a bee popping around the blossom already so am ok with this early flowering.   Little do they know.    Sitting watching the bees this morning there was an enormous amount of activity.  Lots of pollen being brought back to the hive.   So I know it’s still a going concern.  My thinking is now –  I have to be mindful they are nearing the end of the winter bunker down, and is this when they need food?   I’ve read a lot and am wondering and questioning if I should help them feed on some fondant or such to help them get ready for Spring, or should I let them be and cope on their own?   There is a saying for every 2 beekeepers there are 3 opinions.    Every book or website I read has slightly different advise.   But the general concensus I think is it doesn’t hurt too much to give them a feed near the end of winter.   So I will do a bit more research on this and perhaps feed them in a week or so.

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