All posts filed under: Bees & Honey

Bees and Carmel Lavender are inseparable. Learn how we have created symbiotic relationships with each other, and how our co-existence enhances our products.

The Color of Honey

There are many different kinds of honey. And they are all very distinctly different. Next time you are at the farmers’ market or the supermarket, look at the honeys carried in the honey section. Commonly you will find clover, orange blossom, wildflower, sage, pearl, manuka, buckwheat, and many many more. There are too many to list. Sometimes these differences result from the bees foraging in different crops. Other times, nature plays a more direct hand. Honey quality comes as much from the plants as it does from the bees. These vials of honey in the photo above, for instance, came from the same bees in the same location. So why do they look so different? Well, they not only look different, but they taste very different. This comes from the time of year, the season, in which the honey was made. As the seasons change, so do the flowers. Bees must constantly search for those flowers still producing treasured pollen and nectar. The season is an important factor. This of course make sense if you …

Hidden Work in Honey

    Apiculture cannot just be a business. It is much more than that. I suppose that is true whenever you deal with living creatures. There are many things that must be done to support and care for those that provide for us. One of the things we try to do in our spare time is conservancy. For many years I would chase swarms around as the calls came in. This is not very efficient. So I started to search for a smarter way to do this. A couple of years ago, I began using swarm lures. These can be hung in problematic locations, where wild swarms congregate each year and create a nuisance. This is one such lure that I paid a visit in October.       This particular swarm moved in sometime in July. Here in the lure box they lived quite nicely until I had need for them. That time came. One hive lost their queen. It actually was a very strong hive. Lots of bees. But the queen disappeared. And …