ABCs of Honeybees Will Be at Jam’n Jamz

I will be at the Jam’n Jamz Fruit and Nut Tree Adoption Fair on January 25th. This fair is put on by the Friends of Norfolk’s Environment group every year. They give out a fruit or nut tree to a household to see the Norfolk tree canopy grow. They have asked me to join this […]

My Winning Photography

I entered in the Virginia State Fair this year and entered my photo and some plants.  The plants I entered were a dish garden, a succulent (Echeveria agavoides), and my aloe plant. My photo was a picture of a frozen dandelion, titled “Frozen Dandelion in Micro Lens”. It got second place in the Youth Creative […]

Hive Update Winter 2019 – Dead Hives and Updated Website

Coming out of fall, I had two strong hives. When winter came, there was too much moisture in our backyard and we noticed mold on the outside of the hives. We looked inside the top bar hive observation window and saw more mold and mostly dead bees on the bottom screen. On a nice day, […]

2019 Polar Plunge

Take the Polar Plunge With Me

On February 1st 2019, students from many schools will be plunging into the ocean to support and spread awareness of the Special Olympics. This year I’m going to be jumping into the ocean. I have a fundraising page where you can help me support the Special Olympics by making a donation. Cool School Challenge at […]

Langstroth and Top Bar Hive 2018

Fall 2018 Hive Update

This spring we got a queen castle since I needed to get a queen because they killed their queen during our  inspection. A queen castle is basically one Langstroth box that has three compartments to contain three mini colonies of bees. During the inspection, I found many queen cells on the frames in the Langstroth. […]

Bee Friendly Planter

Bee Friendly Flower Pot From Kindergarten Class

In the spring, I was asked by the Kindergarten teacher, Ms. Y, at my school to give a presentation to students about honey bees. I taught them about pollination and what the bees eat. I also told them about the importance of the bees and how to protect them. I presented to about 80 students. […]

Green-headed Coneflower

Bee Friendly Plant – Green Headed Coneflower

We recently received a plant for the bees called a green-headed coneflower (Rudbeckia laciniata). Thank you Mrs. J, Master Gardener, for the bee-friendly plant which makes flowers that are sunflower-like perennials (plants that last more than one year) that have a greenish center and yellow petals. These plants are very bee friendly so we hope […]

Capped Queen Cell

Spring Hive Update – Queen Excluder and Supers

At the end of April we did an inspection and we added third brood box. We found the queen and she was laying good. We went in for an inspection last Tuesday to add a super onto the hive. A super is a box that is for honey. When we went in there we found […]

Hive in Snow

Winter Hive Update

This winter we had lots of snow. There were two big snow storms with temperatures dropping below 20 degrees Fahrenheit. In the winter it’s not hard to keep your bees healthy. You have to make sure that you keep the hive entrances open from snow or other objects. Thankfully,the bees still survived the conditions. Now […]

Pupbee

Meet the pupbee!

We have a new company mascot. Meet The new Blue Water Bee mascot, Leo, the Great Pyrenees pupbee! We have only had him for a couple months and he is only 5 1/2 months old. Leo loves honey on top of apples.