The Palo Alto Primerose Hive now has a sweet home in Montara, California. Christa has always been intrigued with keeping bees and now she’s a new beekeeper who adopted this hive as her first.
My dad and I arrived at Christa’s just after 9:30 AM with the hive. Met Christa, her husband Greg, and their son Luke who was excited that the beeman is coming. Greg, a hardcore saltwater angler, helped Christa clear some weeds in the lot next to the house and laid a perfect foundation for the hive stand.
While there we helped set up the hive and gave Christa an hour and half lesson with Greg and Luke observation from a distance. We opened up the hive and went through frame by frame, explaining what we are seeing such as capped and uncapped honey, pollen, capped brood, eggs and larvae, drones, and of course the Queen. This hive is booming so we added a second medium with ten foundationless frames underneath the main hive body.
The Coastside provides a somewhat stable temperature for the honey bees throughout the year with mostly mild temps with only a few hot days and rarely freezing conditions. As I drove to Christa’s house today I paid close attention to the wild flowers and much Eucalyptus trees nearby that are still in bloom. Christa also has much flowers, wild blackberry, and Eucalyptus trees that surround her property.
Local beekeepers from Moss Beach says they get about 15 gallons of honey each year and have confirmed that their major flow is from the Eucalyptus trees which starts to bloom in early Winter.
The Primerose colony of honey bees are going to love their new home. Thanks Christa for adopting these girls and please send updates along with pictures.