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My brain runs on Bees.  CO 🇱🇷 Retired chef.🍴Recovering beekeeper. Blogging on if venom shots work at 303beekeeper.com🐝 🛍 Handcrafted seller at

My selfie game is not strong but I stopped by the apiary and this happened. 🐝🌠🐝🌠🐝 Old friends happened to be installing a #beeswarm in a #topbarhive. Mrs B gave me an extra bee jacket, and into the hive they went. The bee transport boxes they made are pretty nifty with their sliding bottoms, don't you think?
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Swarm season is in full swing in the #Denver metro. I saw another Top Bar Hive at the farm marked #swarm May15, and it was quite busy looking.
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#swarminmay #bees #honeybees #beekeeping #beekeepers #beekeeperlife #delaneyroundbarn #denverurbangardens #AuroraCO #Colorado

I wanted to tell you the story of how I got the name, Skewers, Rosemary Skewers but that's another #recipe entirely. // The recipe I chose for @foodandtools' monthly challenge is from "taste of honey" by Marie Simmons. "Flatbread with melted manchego, #rosemary, and honey" is an easy appetizer, perfect for summer entertaining. Pizza dough, evoo, cheese, honey and rosemary. That's it!

You can switch up the #honey-cheese pairing and go with a mild orange blossom honey and fresh goat cheese, lavender honey and bleu cheese, chestnut and Parmigiano-Reggiano… The possibilities are endless but I do like to keep it regional. —
For #manchego that meant serving the flatbreads with #membrillo, Spanish #quincepaste. The salty cheese is perfectly matched by its sharp sweetness. BTW, if you've never had a grilled manchego and membrillo sandwich, you are really missing out. Add a slice of serrano ham… heaven!

As for the herb, rosemary is not a shy herb and a little goes a long way. If you find it too piney, fresh chopped thyme is a wonderful substitute.
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#spanishcuisine #membrilloconqueso #dulcedemembrillo #Jamónserrano #foodandtoolsuseyourcookbookclub #useyourcookbooks #cookbookclub #cookingclub #foodie #forkyeah #madewithhoney #beekeeperlife

Irises are 🔥// The funky copper irises that came with the house are growing on me.
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#irisgermanica #flowerstagram #brownirises #irises #beardediris #beardedirises #inbloom #inmygarden #Siruimacrolens #teampixel

Ghost in the Garden // The “ghost” in my stories is floating row cover over my #peonies, which are always in bud when our May snows come. .
If you’re a gardener who’s new to #Colorado, take my advice and stock up on row covers and hail netting. Shade cloth is good, too. And don’t forget the sunscreen. Lots and lots of sunscreen. .
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#coloradogardener #gardenerlife #gardeningtips #springtimeincolorado

A World Full of Honey and Pollen // #WorldBeeDay celebrates the birthday of 18th century Slovenian #beekeeper Anton Jansa, a pioneer of modern #beekeeping. The #worlddayofthebees was established to raise awareness about the importance of agriculture and the protection of pollinator species. —
Pollination is what feeds us. What steps are you taking to help pollinators like #bees and #butterflies in danger of extinction? —
#svetovnidancebel #beecoin #slovenia #siruimacrolens

Not a Pine Cone // ♂ flower bud #Colorado Blue Spruce

Good thing I'm not allergic because the pollen release has been epic this Spring. In fact, the production is so copious that I am harvesting it. To do what with? I have no idea. But here's an interesting article on the benefits of #pinepollen.
https://www.healthline.com/health/pine-pollen

#piceapungens #pinepollenpowder #pinepollentincture #plantsuperfood #localfood #wildharvest #explorenature #Siruimacrolens #teampixel

Soapwort // I'm starting to think there's not a single beehive within 3-5 miles (typical foraging range) of my house. These #pinkflowers should be covered in #bees.


#morebeesplease #beekeeperlife #beekeeping #abejas #abeilles #bienen #μέλισσα #melissa #colorado #honeybees #Siruimacrolens #teampixel

Purple Sensation // This is my #hellstripgarden, south side of the house, clay soil, right up to the concrete foundation. It gets no supplemental water but provides a succession of flowers, starting with the Candytuft featured a few posts back. Just as the blindingly white mass of flowers begins to wane, the #alliums and irises start opening. Then as they finish, Foxtail lilies and Hidcote lavender explode into a long display of #purple and orange. I used to have Santolina chamaecyparissus here as well but pulled it as I didn't enjoy it's strong scent. Always a work in progress. #gardenerlife

#Alliumaflatunense #ornamentalonion #lovedbybees #xeric #nowatergarden

Ever wondered how a person gets #bees? Well, for one you can mail order them. Yep, you buy them from another #beekeeper and they mail you a package. That's literally what it's called, a package of bees. I don't like that method for a few reasons, one of them being the $125+ price tag.* Swarm season starts around #mothersday in my locale, and especially with 3 days of snow and rain followed by 80° days, colonies will be feeling cramped and issuing swarms forthwith. With luck, a swarm will choose my #topbarhive and just move in. —
Scout bees look for a nice, dark space with ample room for a colony. If they can find one with that smells like other #honeybees chose to live there, all the better. That's why I've held on to the resources in the photo. A dead queen still gives off pheromones that's attractive. The small piece of clean white comb will allow a new queen to begin laying eggs immediately, and some top bars already have beeswax to guide the construction of new comb.

I tried a similar strategy a couple of years ago and failed to attract a swarm. I learned that it's a bad idea to "stock the pantry" with honeycomb. It only invited robbing, which a swarm is not equipped to fight. Dark brood comb is much more attractive to scout bees than white honeycomb, so the one piece I have is tucked inside the hive. Now I just cross my fingers and wait. Swarm season lasts through June, but now is the best time to catch one.🤞

*My website has "primers" on different ways to get bees with pros and cons of each. http://www.303beekeeper.com/search/label/primer

#beekeeperlife #beekeeping #swarmseason #colorado #honeybees #teampixel

Pine Pollen on Purple Petal // hope you are not allergic. It's already been a brutal allergy season and today's pollen release is epic. #Siruimacrolens #teampixel

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