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2 hours ago, nikki watts said:

My plums are only just flowering now. Odd when everything else is early. 

is it the variety. most plums are finished here.

 

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1 hour ago, kaihoka said:

is it the variety. most plums are finished here.

 

Im not sure. It’s a really old omega type plum. 

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4 hours ago, nikki watts said:

My plums are only just flowering now. Odd when everything else is early. 

Interestingly , the ryegrass is late going to seed this year. The usual time is around the start of the last week of October. I haven’t seen any seedhead. This has happened before with different outcomes . Sometimes it hardly bothers, other times it seeds a bit later , very heavily. I’m picking the latter this year . 

On the other hand, the white clover is early and the bees are working nectar from it already and cream coloured pollen from plantain 

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I have no idea what this is, but being solidly worked.  Also walked under a Horse Chestnut just outside the office that was positively humming.  Thinking that I should persuade the boss to let me put a hive or two on the roof as we are right on Auckland domain.Bee1.thumb.jpg.d98abc556397b498c1a1ed8b89ee3c02.jpgBee2.thumb.jpg.9632a695d954599f719274adfdd1c8f5.jpg

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On 4/10/2018 at 2:12 PM, Josh said:

I don’t know what it’s called but these bushes are alive all over Church Bay (Lyttelton Harbour)

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On 4/10/2018 at 3:08 PM, yesbut said:

"Pride of Madeira "  Echium Candidans.    A close relative of Viper's Bugloss .   I've got heaps of them in full bloom too. Most of my hives seem to be on them.

 

@DeeGeeBee from earlier in the thread, looks similar 

Im sure I’ll soon be corrected if needs be ?

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20 minutes ago, DeeGeeBee said:

I have no idea what this is, but being solidly worked.  Also walked under a Horse Chestnut just outside the office that was positively humming.  Thinking that I should persuade the boss to let me put a hive or two on the roof as we are right on Auckland domain.Bee1.thumb.jpg.d98abc556397b498c1a1ed8b89ee3c02.jpgBee2.thumb.jpg.9632a695d954599f719274adfdd1c8f5.jpg

Our horse chestnuts flowers are just about to open . The bees go nuts over them 

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On 5/10/2018 at 12:06 PM, Trevor Gillbanks said:

I would like some seed too please.  Thanks, in anticipation.

Still taking orders for seed......

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1 minute ago, yesbut said:

Still taking orders for seed......

 

That's a +1 in that case @yesbut

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NZ Jasmine, finally the pink Manuka and yesterday....the first of the cabbage tree flowering bracts are getting lots of visitors

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heaps of light bush honey coming in,full boxes at some sights, bees havent even looked at thr Manuka in full bloom

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On 24/10/2018 at 1:05 PM, yesbut said:

Still taking orders for seed......

Yes please

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@yesbut remember I put my hand up first .:14_relaxed:

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This magnificent cabbage tree is out doing its self this year.

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4 minutes ago, Oma said:

This magnificent cabbage tree is out doing its self this year.

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Yes, lots in my area doing impressive things. I've never noticed how fragrant the flowers are until today.

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I found this one o my travels, massive tree! This farm also has huge kowhai trees too!

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ffs, go away for a week or two with heaps of space on hives. Come back and urgently need to assemble more boxes and wax more frames. I'm blaming cabbage tree for this inconvenient bee behaviour.

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I have always thought cabbage trees were way over rated as a source of pollen and nectar. Don't get me wrong I love them as trees and think they smell divine when in flower but although bees are obviously somewhat attracted to them you usually see more flies than bees. Undoubtedly they are better than nothing and are probably more attractive some years than others but I don't rate them very highly when it comes to honey production. Those beautiful big old trees are getting pretty rare now with cabbage tree decline disease taking out huge numbers throughout the country. I have planted nearly 100 around home and lose about 20% per year.

 

 

 

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On 7/04/2018 at 5:26 AM, jamesc said:

We extracted some Buckwheat honey yesterday . Now that is revolting.

 

We received this today in the mail.

first reaction is I don’t think it’s going to be any benefit to beekeepers probably the reverse in fact.

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Bee's are all over the Hawthorn down here, cabbage trees aren't far away.

And the Blue gums are starting to flower. 

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9 hours ago, frazzledfozzle said:

 

We received this today in the mail.

first reaction is I don’t think it’s going to be any benefit to beekeepers probably the reverse in fact.

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Youa are right ...... of no benefit as I could'nt open it ......?

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5 minutes ago, jamesc said:

Youa are right ...... of no benefit as I could'nt open it ......?

 

Thats weird it was just a photo when I put it up I will see if I can have another go

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Rewarewa buds just starting to open here . Looks like a heap of flowers on them this year . Looks like a similar story here to you @Maru Hoani . Fairly pale looking honey in the supers here as well . Reminds me of three years ago . Manuka as white as snow and the supers packed to overflowing with clover honey ! 

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@frazzledfozzle I grow lots of buckwheat around my garden and waste land .

It will grow in clay but I infertile soil it is pretty stunted .

I think echiums would be better on crap land 

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