One thing I've realised is that good planning is essential. The irony is that the comb mess that I had allowed to develop during September 2009 was down to my lack of foresight. I blogged about this at the time.
The only upset during the whole episode was poor Elva getting stung through her rubber gloves.
Close-up of pussy willow before opening. This tree has been a fantastic source of pollen during March and April although it is just about over now (11/04).
The snowdrops are now finished although they bring a friendly cheer to the garden before the daffodils arrive to herald the true start of spring. They're meant to be bee-friendly although we only have the odd clump at present.
Catkins of the salix contorta tree (twisted willow).
Freddy adopting his usual pose of indifference!
I'm interested if anyone else has had a similar problem and how they approached it. I guess that there is argument that it would have been better to have waited longer for a time when drones were about. This would have allowed a new Queen to have been reared and mated should I have accidentally killed the current one. What do you think? I guess time will tell.