Good news is that my bees have largely survived the ups and downs of our winter and are now out foraging.
They cluster together in a ball in the winter in the centre of the hive with bees taking it in turn to get cold on the outside, very similar to the penguins surviving an Antarctic winter.
Now these bees need nectar for energy, pollen to feed the young larvae for minerals and vitamins and water to modulate the temperature of the colony and to soften any honey left in the comb- their winter food supply.
Here's a few pictures taken this week of the flowers and trees in my garden.
I hope you enjoy them, these first signs of spring.
Chris Knibbs Hatherton Honey