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On the subject of Bumbles and poppies- screenshot from Video as I cant work out how half a video clip is a bigger file size that the original!!

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The  native Swamp Manuka is coming up to full flower , usually at its peak on Christmas Day . I like to think they are our local Christmas trees . 

These are 5 year old plants I dug out of the drain banks and transplanted . They have flowered profusely since their first summer . All the peat land here was covered in these forming a dense scrub , which was cleared by settlers for farming in the early 1900’s . 

Not a honey bee in sight , but being heavily worked by several solitary native bee species , paspalum flies and large paper wasps . I did not know paper wasps worked flowers . I thought they were carnivorous . 

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First time I've seen a bee work a Daisy. I was watching her there for at least a min, but on the whole lawn the only bee working them...

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8 hours ago, M4tt said:

The  native Swamp Manuka is coming up to full flower , usually at its peak on Christmas Day . I like to think they are our local Christmas trees . 

These are 5 year old plants I dug out of the drain banks and transplanted . They have flowered profusely since their first summer . All the peat land here was covered in these forming a dense scrub , which was cleared by settlers for farming in the early 1900’s . 

Not a honey bee in sight , but being heavily worked by several solitary native bee species , paspalum flies and large paper wasps . I did not know paper wasps worked flowers . I thought they were carnivorous . 

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I saw a  honey bee on my manuka yesterday .

And about 100 native bees and flies .

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Some flax flowers. Individually they don't appear to vary much in colour but when in adjacent masses they're very different...

 

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Shame about this persistent rain the Linden tree is getting a hammering but the girls are making the most of it.

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What are bees working at the moment.
Nothing. It never stops raining.

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38 minutes ago, john berry said:

What are bees working at the moment.
Nothing. It never stops raining.

 

Ain't that the truth.

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Linden tree here in Portobello, Dunedin, is flowering well and the bees loving the 20 degrees and sunny day - and hopefully 5 days of this to follow !

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Photo tomorrow ...

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12 hours ago, john berry said:

What are bees working at the moment.
Nothing. It never stops raining.

Clover?

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1 hour ago, Trevor Gillbanks said:

Bees are pretty impressed with my lavender at present.  Also lots of bumble bees on it.

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I think I have lavender envy ?

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25 minutes ago, Trevor Gillbanks said:

Yes, pretty much.  That's what you get when you are a compulsive excessive.

Ha ha I see you fixed it.. I wondered...

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1 hour ago, Trevor Gillbanks said:

Yes, pretty much.  That's what you get when you are a compulsive excessive.

Its a good job you do not have a rambling wild bush block .

It would completely crush your spirIit.

It would never be under control .

 

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Lime/linden really out, we noticed the bees buzzing at just after 6 this morning.

The tree is about 25 years old, and just covered with flowers, handkerchiefs,  and bees.

Very nice.

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I've seen a few bees, bumblebees and wool carder bees visiting Greater Birdsfoot Trefoil Lotus pedunculatus since about start of December, amongst clover and buttercup. It seems the bees here have other preferable foraging options on offer.

 http://www.terrain.net.nz/friends-of-te-henui-group/weeds-by-scientific-names/lotus-pedunculatus-lotus.html

 

Is this present anywhere in enough quantity to get a flow?

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3 hours ago, Borage said:

I've seen a few bees, bumblebees and wool carder bees visiting Greater Birdsfoot Trefoil Lotus pedunculatus since about start of December, amongst clover and buttercup. It seems the bees here have other preferable foraging options on offer.

 http://www.terrain.net.nz/friends-of-te-henui-group/weeds-by-scientific-names/lotus-pedunculatus-lotus.html

 

Is this present anywhere in enough quantity to get a flow?

I think i Get it in my honey .

I have heard it has a good flow .

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I’ve often stood and checked out to see what visits these flowers but haven’t seen much on them at all a bumblebee at most.  The blackberry is hard out flowering here and we have plenty of that here.

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54 minutes ago, Oma said:

I’ve often stood and checked out to see what visits these flowers but haven’t seen much on them at all a bumblebee at most.  The blackberry is hard out flowering here and we have plenty of that here.

I have stopped clearing my blackberry .

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Blue borage,raw sugar and sun on the menu in the nuc yard

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What is this stuff and does it make honey?

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