Psalms from the Hive

by Jeannie Saum

Cold wet spring.

Late tree bloom.

Only 2 of our 6 hives have multiple boxes.

Only 2 of our 6 hives have multiple boxes.

Rain for half the summer.

Cool August.

Fall comin’ early?

Bees are struggling!

Clover, Bee, and Revery

Reverie (revery) –(n.) state of dreamy meditation or fanciful musing; a fantastic, visionary, or impractical idea


Bees are having a tough time thriving this summer.  Of our 6 hives, only 2 are really thriving.  They are the ones that made it through the winter.  Three hives have only one or two boxes on them.  We have queens, but little brood.  The spring was cold and the nectar flow late.  Then it rained every day for about 3 weeks in July.

We have yet to be able to harvest any honey from our hives this summer.  Last summer, we had pulled boxes full of honey twice, by this time, and then again in late August.  Guess we won’t have much honey this year.

A little honey, but no brood!

A little honey, but no brood!


16 No king is saved by the size of his army; no warrior escapes by his great strength.
17 A horse is a vain hope for deliverance; despite all its great strength it cannot save.
18 But the eyes of the Lord are on those who fear him, on those whose hope is in his unfailing love,
19 to deliver them from death  and keep them alive in famine.

20 We wait in hope for the Lord; he is our help and our shield.
21 In him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in his holy name.
22 May your unfailing love be with us, Lord, even as we put our hope in you.