Apiary

Blossom Hill Nursery established its apiary in 2009 and has expended to over 100 hives producing bees and apiary products. Our interest in horticulture and nature made the addition of the apiary an obvious choice to enhance our sustainable farm but we never dreamed that caring for honey bees would become another obsession including grafting queens, honey and candles.

Honey Bee Queens and Nucs
We are selling a limited number of nucleus colonies this spring. These are sold as 4 frame nucs with overwintered marked queens that were produced at Blossom Hill in 2021. The nucs include at least 2 frames of brood, a frame of honey and pollen resources and an extra drawn comb in a cardboard box. These are for pick up only.

Later in the season, we will sell nucs with marked 2022 queens.

The honey bee queens that we sell are produced at Blossom Hill. They will be mated and available for pickup by appointment throughout the season.

Honey
This is our own raw unpasteurized honey produced by the honey bees. The honey is extracted in small lots, each with its own unique flavour, a result of the diverse nectar flow from 6000 peonies, perennials, trees and wildflowers. Early season honey tends to be lighter in colour and flavour. The late season honey is darker and more intense in flavour.

We also prepare creamed honey. It is started with our own honey to produce an exceptionally smooth tasty product. This is a favourite honey for spreading on toast or for soothing a sore throat.

Beeswax Candles
Beeswax is an all-natural product produced by honey bees to cover their stored honey. It is removed from the hives when the honey is extracted. Our beeswax candles are handmade at our home from filtered 100% pure beeswax with 100% cotton wicking. Beeswax candles cleanse the air as they burn. They burn slower than other candles so they last longer and make a great addition to an evening at home or thoughtful gift. The candles are available by mail order. NEW this year, are hand dipped beeswax candles in various sizes.