Bee Boxes (Apis mellifera)

Recent photos of a few honeybee hives (unedited). Different styles, colors, painted and decorated.



Portable Observation Hive – mounted to a rolling cart stocked with educational supplies. The frame in the window has a marked queen – this hive is used mainly for “show and tell” and the honeybees are only in this one temporarily.

Wow! Hickory nuts and acorns propolized between the frames, on the frames, and all around the frames. This came from an older unattended hive.

Cross comb shown on these frames.

Nate hive (built by Nate). This one is beautifully painted! The frame being held shows queen cups from grafting.

4 Section Queens Castle being painted.

Freshly painted swarm trap ready to be hung.

Top Bar hive.

Top Bar hive.

Top Bar frame – bee gentle, no foundation.

Nucs are on the far left. Langstroth 10 frame deep – split into 3 sections – queen excluder – shim – medium box on top.

Honeycomb on a top slat off queens castle.

Pro Nuc (new) on the back side – brown with a yellow and made to be stackable.

Successful swarm traps.

Beeks taking a closer look for eggs and queens.

Langstroth 10 frame deep with a feeder and a medium box on top.

Back door observation hive.  Holds 20 medium frames or 16 deep frames.

Someone got creative with the paint. Honey jar and flowers.

Top Bar hive divided into 2 sections. Mascot, Darrell is observing.

5 Page – teachable –  2 colony – Book hive – or new Leaf hive. Holds 20 deep frames or 25 medium frames.


A normal afternoon turned quickly into carefully sifting through a large trash pile. 

Scoping out the situation it appeared to be a swarm coming from a very near and very tall old tree.

The neighbors said the swarm initially was found clustering on a low branch behind the pile of discarded items. A young boy walking by picked up a stick and hit the ball of honeybees to knock them off, and that is what lead to their interest in the trash pile.

Entwined in and around broken children’s toys, curtains, spouting, styrofoam cups, aluminum cans, glass bottles, cardboard boxes, pieces of old electronics, car parts and so on… there were about four pounds of bees looking for a new home.

Just a few pictures to share…

Nope, You’re Not Perfect and Neither Am I

Because life isn’t perfect –

Bloom Where you can!

(We all have a purpose.)

No one is perfect, so be your best and let it rest. Boys, girls, men, and women; we are all so very different and yet all the same = human.

Beautiful blooms in an ugly can! Don’t miss the point – life isn’t always pretty, circumstances can often be unpleasant, but the choice is yours to find a reason to bloom every day.


Soft – Prickly and Mostly Green

Choices! Choices! Choices!

Selection of three for this arrangement. Work in progress..


Ta Da…

Thinking of adding white pebbles to dress it up a bit.

Credit to hubby – this planter has been stored from our anniversary many moons ago.

The Aloe Vera you may have seen is in a pot by itself (not pictured). When the children were younger I kept an Aloe Vera plant for a natural remedy option for those minor cuts and scrapes.

Any cacti stories or aloe users? – please share.

Until next time… remember to make your day count. #BloomWhereYouCan.