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It is our great pleasure to officially introduce you to one of the coolest people we know!
November’s HoneyLover of the Month = ASHLEY (HoneyLove Director)

Bees Rescued from: A swarm that moved in to the HoneyLove Sanctuary!
Click here to watch the epic video of their arrival during our 3rd Sunday Mentoring Session! 

ASHLEY: “I’m definitely a new-bee beekeeper, and have enjoyed the community, resources and mentoring HoneyLove has to offer. I feel honored and blessed to be in this group. Strange and awe-inspiring moments are continually unfolding each time I get to be around these fascinating creatures. They are a keystone species that drives home our deep interdependence, and makes me more aware and grateful for my own human hive. I have so much to learn and am really enjoying the journey.”

“Well,” said Pooh, “what I like best,” and then he had to stop and think. Because although Eating Honey was a very good thing to do, there was a moment just before you began to eat it which was better than when you were, but he didn’t know what it was called.”
-A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh

hhhmmm… maybe it’s called beekeeping? :)

—> Follow Ashley on twitter here!

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It is our great pleasure to officially introduce you to one of the coolest people we know!
November’s HoneyLover of the Month = ASHLEY (HoneyLove Director)

Bees Rescued from: A swarm that moved in to the HoneyLove Sanctuary!
Click here to watch the epic video of their arrival during our 3rd Sunday Mentoring Session! 

ASHLEY: “I’m definitely a new-bee beekeeper, and have enjoyed the community, resources and mentoring HoneyLove has to offer. I feel honored and blessed to be in this group. Strange and awe-inspiring moments are continually unfolding each time I get to be around these fascinating creatures. They are a keystone species that drives home our deep interdependence, and makes me more aware and grateful for my own human hive. I have so much to learn and am really enjoying the journey.”

“Well,” said Pooh, “what I like best,” and then he had to stop and think. Because although Eating Honey was a very good thing to do, there was a moment just before you began to eat it which was better than when you were, but he didn’t know what it was called.”
-A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh

hhhmmm… maybe it’s called beekeeping? :)

—> Follow Ashley on twitter here!

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beespace

Undergraduate Thesis by Stephanie Newcomb
Project Advisor: Dale Clifford

Beespace is the technical term to describe the space for movement in a Langstroth beehive which is between 3/8” to 1/4”.

“According to Michael Pollan, in his book the Botany of Desire, he places the hypotheses that humans have co-evolved with plants and that maybe instead of humans domesticating the plants for their benefit, it has been the plants that have allured the human for their greatest desire: guarantee their own survival. Through the history of the coevolution between bees and humans there is an understanding of the levels of control, the domestication of the species through its architecture. My intent is to speculate on a cohabitation of humans and bees through a residential architecture. Given the current state of the coevolution, there is a stress not only on the bee population but also on the dependency of the bee. In the last few years the bees have been introduced into urban and suburban environments where it has been proven to be a better places for the bees health.”

[click here to read the full thesis]

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“On the way up to the village today we passed hillsides full of tea plants and chrysanthemums with bee hives at the bottom of the hills about every quarter mile…the boxes look just like ours….thought you’d like to see them!” 

[via HoneyLovers Larry & Leslie Austin traveling through China]

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Group Photo from today at the Michael Bush Lecture & Hive Inspection!

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PHOTO: Honeycomb

[via Justus Thane; Flickr]

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What should I plant? California bluebell
(Phacelia campanularia)

According to the Xerces Society, in addition to honeybees there are over 4000 species of native bees in the U.S. alone. 

From leafcutter and mason bees, to miner, carpenter, and digger bees, virtually all bees and pollinators are attracted to the California Bluebells’ deep blue, bell shaped flowers and long golden stamens.

The petals reflect ultra-violet light and therefore look like a well lit runway for foraging bees. Sow this hardy annual in the early Spring in full sun and sandy or well-drained soil.

Photo credit: Kathy Dunham

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READ: “Sweet treats: bid for some rare Fortnum & Mason honey”

Interview with Steve Benbow, the founder of London Honey Company

What could we be doing for bees in London?

‘I am often asked about what planting individuals could establish for bees across the capital. Honey bees especially love mature trees as a nectar source. Limes and acacias are particularly important but sycamores, chestnuts, hawthorns and blackthorns are good too, however although the planting of these is an essential thing, they do not provide instant bee fodder.’

What should we be planting?

‘I recommend early pollen sources such as crocuses, snowdrops, daffodils and bluebells which are excellent early pollen yielders, pollen is rich in protein and fantastic for young bee growth. The autumn is also a key time, with ivy and buddleia providing late nectar flows, allowing the colony to build up for the barren months ahead. London is 65% green space but I believe there could be greater nectar sources and safe havens.’

What if I don’t have a garden?

‘If, like me, you have no garden or roof terrace, then I’d like to introduce to you “guerilla gardening”. Have you ever thought that your local roundabout looked a little shabby or a local patch of wasteland needs beautifying? If so, just grab some wild flower seeds and scatter.  We have just started selling bee bombs here at Bee HQ. When soaked they resemble a soil hand grenade and are fantastic as they contain everything you will need to start your own little wild flower patch – just soak and chuck.

Anything else?

‘You could also persuade your local park or open space to reduce or stop their use of pesticide – the cumulative affect on bees is now well proven and catastrophic. There is a real move to make London free of these terrors, like Paris already is, and the sooner it happens the better. Persuading local authorities to make everything less manicured is also important, not only for bees but other wildlife such as butterflies. Long grasses are a haven and can also look wonderful. I passed Blackheath common the other morning and it had the most amazing white clover covering it… two days later it was fully trimmed! Finally, it’s been a terrible year for honey production in the UK so where possible try and buy local or British honey.’ Sonya Barber

For info about Steve, see thelondonhoneycompany.co.uk

[Click here to read the original article via Time Out London]

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PHOTO: HoneyLovers in Russia ?

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Photo: HoneyLove outreach @ Sony Pictures 

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