The Boringdon Bees Update – 19th June 2018
Here at Boringdon Hall we endeavour to treat our guests to fresh and local produce when it comes to all areas of their stay and that doesn’t stop when it comes to the honey. Tucked away in the wildflower meadow, is the Boringdon bee hive, producing divine golden honey for our guests (when the seasons allow). Our bee keeper Jean updates us with all the latest bee happenings…
We now have four colonies on site. Three are very strong and are in the process of replacing their old Queen bees but still bringing in lots of pollen and nectar to make the all-important honey. The fourth, a smaller colony and the most recent one to join the apiary, is building up nicely and should be up to full strength for the summer honey flow.
The bees will soon be experiencing the ‘June Gap’ where the spring flowers/trees have finished flowering and the summer flowers have not yet blossomed. This is a time to be mindful and ensure the bees have plenty of food to take them through these few weeks – especially if their honey stores have been taken away for human consumption.
Last week 75lb. of honey was extracted from the three hives and that’s just the spring flow. It now needs to settle and for the air bubbles to disappear which will take about a week or so. Once this has taken place, Boringdon Honey will be back on the menu!
Update – 23rd June 2018
The first 2 dozen jars of Spring honey were collected from the bees at Boringdon Hall today.
The bees have been foraging on the Hawthorn, the various flowering trees, plus the spring flowers in the locality so this honey has a thicker texture hence the term ‘soft set’ – it’s perfect for toast, croissants and scones.
It is very pale in colour and has a more delicate flavour than the summer honey but is absolutely delicious!