When people see my common monarch flower (Asclepias syriaca) plants and seeds, many say “I already have this. I have a butterfly bush.” Monarch flowers (Asclepias species) are different than the butterfly bush (Buddleia species). While butterfly bushes will provide attractive nectar for adult butterflies (including monarchs), no species of butterfly in North America can… Read more Butterfly Bushes are not Monarch Flowers
Witch hazel! On Sunday I zoomed over to one of my Southold bee yards to secure the hives before Hurricane Sandy came to town. Securing beehives….sounds more technical than the work itself. I heaved cinder blocks and heavy rocks onto the top of each hive in hopes that the covers would not blow off or… Read more Witch Hazel, A Respite from Sandy Preparations
B2B you ask? What is she talking about? Well, this past Friday October 5th, I was out in my Soundview Avenue bee yard. I was going through the hives to make sure that all three supers had built out frames in which to store that last drops of nectar from the goldenrod blooming nearby and… Read more B2B
Congratulations and a huge thank you to the students of I. L. Peretz Jewish School for helping the monarch butterflies! On July 14th, ten monarch flower plants (Asclepias syriaca) were planted in the school’s front planting bed on East Meadow Avenue in East Meadow, NY. Amazing experience! While taking the plants out of the car, one of the… Read more A Wonderful Day in East Meadow
With my little honeybees as the master of ceremonies… With the witch hazel, crocus, and saucer magnolias already blooming… With the upcoming spring equinox putting one’s imagination into overdrive… Its..time..to..officially..debut..Blossom Meadow Beeswax Crayons! Blossom Meadow beeswax crayons are large, hard to break, and easy to grasp. We have combined pure beeswax and high-quality, non-toxic artist… Read more Ta Da! Beeswax Crayons!
Honey is a beautiful gift from my bees. Straight from the honeycomb to the jar, honey is concentrated nectar from thousands of wildflower blossoms – it is a delicate balance of sugars, aromas, enzymes, amino acids, and vitamins. Used to sweeten tea, baked in cereals, and mixed in cough drops, honey has become a staple… Read more Know Your Beekeeper
In third grade, we went on a school trip to meet a beekeeper and tour his apiary. Amazing day – jumping off the last stair of the bus to join my class standing in a small field, I was greeted by a sweet-tempered, cragged-faced, thin man with a warm smile – a beekeeper! With white… Read more Third Grade
Finally, it was here – a warm weather spell so I could see the little ones and help get their hives in order. Thursday and Friday were in the 60’s. To the bee yards to start counting the winter toll. At first, all the hives looked alive. I was so happy watching the bees fly… Read more The Winter Toll