This year I plan to go big, I let last year slip by and I am not going to let that happen again.
Catching swarms won’t start until the beginning of March, so I right now I am building boxes and weathering them. I still have a hundred odd boxes to make so my time is limited.
Bees on Awaji island must be thankfull for the abundant supply naturally growing camellia species here during the winter months. Around my apiaries I am blessed to have the hills littered with Yabu Tsubaki (Camellia japonica) and the apiaries closer to civilization Sasanqua seems to be dominant species. If you ever have trouble telling which is which, just wait until the flower drops. If it drops petal by petal it’s a sasanqua and if the whole flower drops them it’s a camellia.
Well it took me three years to here, maybe a little to much time but at least I made it. Now I need more bees.