Yesterday, I took a nice hour road trip north to pick up four nucs of pure Russian honeybees and battled my way home through the sporadic, expected road construction. One lid evidently didn't seal quite enough, so I ran the air conditioning on max for the whole trip to keep the 20 or so bees from flying around my face while I was driving. At the new apiary, I wasted no time in putting them into their new homes and they wasted no time in letting me know they were NOT happy about being trapped in that little nuc box for so long. So, one sting later, all was well with the new girls buzzing happily in their new homes.
After the new girls were installed, Wonder Dog and I took a little walk to see what was making the purely intoxicating perfume that filled the air around the new apiary. We didn't have to wade through the tall grass very far before we discovered that the Linden (Basswood) trees are blooming! They are a wonderful nectar source for a very clear, sweet honey that happens to be my personal favorite.