Stopped by the farm on the afternoon of Wednesday, October 9, 2013 to check on the honeybees. I was in the Shoals to lead a roundtable session on social media marketing for farmers and specialty food producers.
The ladies seemed to be happy and very active. Lots of activity outside the hives, included what I interpret as orientation flights by new bees in the early-to-mid afternoon. And lots of traffic from the foragers, coming in loaded with pollen. These photos were taken around 3 p.m.
I failed to take a photo of a large African blue basil plant that was literally covered in honeybees and bumble bees. No idea why I didn’t snap the photo! Next year, I’ll be planting a lot of this variety of blue basil, as well as Thai basil. The honeybees and bumble bees both love the blooms on these two herbs.
On a side note: I’m amazed to discover that I’m still getting a regular supply of tromboncino squash. I guess I shouldn’t be amazed. I’ll say thank you to the pollinators that are keeping my vegetables in production this late into the fall.
So far, the temps are still very warm. Mostly in the 80s during the day and 60s at night. We had a 2-night “colder” snap at the farm earlier this week. But the temps hovered around 50-51, apparently, and didn’t dip into the 40s as predicted. Of course, cold is relative. My friends in the north probably don’t think of 40s as particularly cold.