May Madness

The May is out! Normally this shrub, hawthorn, comes into blossom on the old May Day, now 11th May since the government stole 11 days from our calendar in 1752.  With the spring flowering being so compressed there’s likely to be an early and prolonged ‘June gap’ in bee-forage.

The change in the calendar is the reason our tax year ends on 5th April instead of the traditional 25th March (Lady Day) which was one of the ‘quarter days’ upon which rents were paid.


About chrissladesbeeblog

I have been keeping bees since 1978 and currently have about a dozen hives. I am a member of the BBKA where for many years I represented Dorset at the Annual Delegates' Meeting. I am the co-author (with Dave MacFawn of of S. Carolina) of "Getting the Best from Your Bees" and am working on a book of my own poems : "Bee People".
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