Copper Bee Apiary

A garden apiary in Whittlesford, Cambridge, UK - honey bees and their beekeeper Hilary van der Hoff.

Almond Blossom

My photo album indicates that the almond tree flowered in January last year. This year, it's late, having waited until March for bud burst. It's flowering whole-heartedly now though.

Almond trees are (supposed to be) one of the earliest trees to flower. Which is helpful for the bees, who need that early nectar and pollen to get going at the start of the season. And my hope is that this tree will grow tall and provide a little shade and screening for the hives that stand against the South-facing house wall.

The tree fruited last year and we enjoyed a few almonds. Or I did, anyway. Other household members found them unfamiliar and suspicious objects in their green cases.

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