The weather this past week turned poor with a lot of rain and temperatures dropping down to less than 20C. Forecast is for it to improve.
Flowering at the moment is: manuka in full flower, green alkanet, globe buddleia, elderflower very abundant and geranium
Collected cast that had occupied my swarm collection hive – swarms hard to come by with less than 10% of calls compared to usual. Cast has laying queen and has eggs and uncapped larvae on 1 frame. Bees are covering 2 frames. Marked & clipped her. Added 2 frames of capped brood from Blue.
Uncapped 2 varroa traps- good results at a relatively early stage in the season
Still not much stores being brought in