And just like that, almond pollination season has come to a close. The crew started moving our bees out of the almond orchards over the weekend, and Darling Brother-in-Law sent me a few beautiful pictures of the task:


Almonds in peak bloom last for just a few days, and then drop their blossoms. Harvest won’t come until fall.

Now that the bees are on their way back to the holding yards, requeening, splitting, and shaking season takes off in earnest. This coming Sunday, the first queen cells will go out! About wo months later, all 1500ish colonies will be as ready as they’re going to be for honey production in Montana, and all critters great and small will come back to Montana.

Maggie Rose and I are counting down the days.

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