You all might be interested in a report on the condition of bees --
a honey producer at my local Farmer's Market said that the word is
encouraging on the bees. There is a pest strip that can be used in the
hives to kill the mites. And the hives are recovering. He said that
the officials want to keep much of the information a secret, but he doesn't
know why. The Bumblebee population is also increasing. So that's good
news for the new year.
The Buffalo News yesterday reported that much of the grape harvest in
Western New York is useless for wine because of the cloudy and wet weather,
the grapes cannot/will not get enough sugar content. Oh, Dear!!
How is the grape harvest in other parts of the nation?? This wet and
cloudy weather has affected more than the iris!!
Carolyn Schaffner in Buffalo, NY