Second summer honey harvest
Santa Clara Valley is indeed the Garden of Heart’s Delight,particularly if you are a bee, or a beekeeper who loves honey.
Our bees have been socking away honey like crazy. Last weekwe pulled 8 bars of honey from Califia (our top bar hive). That amounted to28.5 pounds processed honey. And today we took nearly a full super (7 frames)from Veronica. (Dont’ worry, we left plenty in the hive for the bees to eat should there be a sudden summer dearth). Upon tasting each new harvest I pronounce it the best honey yet. Every harvest tastes different. Every harvest is delicious.
We’ve been taking honey from them all summer and I think we’ll be able to take some more. Even though it’s the beginningof September, there are plenty of flowers blooming to keep the girls busy.They really love the mints, basils, and salvias that are blooming all over town.
The English ivy that grows wild in every untended spot isbudded up and ready to bloom. We’ve been told it doesn’t make good honey—itcrystallizes too fast—but the bees really love the flowers. Asters have yet to begin. Veronica has anempty super, and we’ve put more bars into Califia. We’re ready for the fallharvest.
A full frame of beautifully capped honey.