Sunday, April 18, 2010

Bee Careful!

The orchards are full of blossoms and bees right now.

Last week the apricot blossoms opened - now the sweet cherries, japanese plums (the round red and round yellow plums), nectarines and some peaches are open. And it's still April! The official word from the Ministry of Agriculture is that we are about 18 days earlier than the 55 year average.

Bees are a very important part of our blossom season. We rent hives of bees to provide pollination for our fruit trees. The bee keepers bring the hives just before blossoms open and leave them in the orchard until flowering is over. On our small acreage we have 6 hives that are placed among the cherry and plum trees. On a sunny, warm day the trees with blossoms are literally buzzing with bees doing their crucial task. 
This sound of bees working is a very welcome sound for a farmer, and holds the promise of a good crop.

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