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@GoED are you familiar with Rogers garden centre in Mangere Auckland? 

Significant other is in Auck doing Dad jobs for our daughter. He called into Rogers this avo and bought 10cm Munsted Lavender pots for $2-50.

The goal is to get the lavender well established and keep the maintenance to a minimum. Kind of goes without saying...?

Thanks for your suggestions. 

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Plenty of pollen coming in off the buttercup that has started flowering.

If only all town sections looked like this. I found this today on a lunchtime stroll through a new housing area. Its near an inlet so the sections are built up about 1.5 metres.  This is looking

Blimen Heck.  I am at 9235.  I am not going to become a queen. It may be the fashionable thing now days,  But !!!!

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10 hours ago, nikki watts said:

It looks like it’s going to be a good honey season this year in our area.  However I just saw my first vine hopper aphid in the grape vines. We don’t usually get them until late Dec or January. With a drought predicted it Could be a big Tutin year too. 

What are you expecting to flow well.

I am contemplating telling  the migrant beek on my place  not to bother coming .

There will be no rata , or kanuka or manuka , maybe the white rata vine will flower , its very reliable.

But I will get my bucket of honey if he comes . 

I will also get robbed by starving hives.

 I have other migrants down the road who will also rob , but I will get no bucket of honey from them .

They both have very nice yellow drones for my queens .

Swings and roundabouts .

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The migrants need to be in to win ...... it's a bit like the Casino .... if we knew we were going to come out with no shirt on our back we wouldnt go .... but, we might just come out with a lot more. I think the odds of making a honey crop are more favourable than winning at  the casino.

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We had a flash flood here the other night. Its a one in fifty year occurrence. Left a tideline 80mm up the frames in one nuc yard.

so today we put the syrup tank backon da truck and pumped syrup. The consolation is that the bees shouldd become self sufficient by Show weekend. This is show weekend, but soe years we keep on feeding into December

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50 minutes ago, jamesc said:

Today I pushed the buy now on the Blue skies  six week forcaste. It cost me $395 .  Mr Bluesky tells me that the Coast is fine and settled for the next four weeks. Canterbury will be cold ..... coming right at the end of December.   

Money back guarantee I hope ?

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With all our high  tech 23 milloin dollar computers   we are really no closer to providing valuable pre info to the peasants. It's all a gamble.

What I think is of more relevance is the the likes of kaihoka nad Big hnads reporting from the spot that  the rata has shotrather than budded, or yesbut signing insaying that the kanuka has'nt budded.

There is a lot to be said for flying by the seat of yer pants.

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2 hours ago, jamesc said:

The migrants need to be in to win ...... it's a bit like the Casino .... if we knew we were going to come out with no shirt on our back we wouldnt go .... but, we might just come out with a lot more. I think the odds of making a honey crop are more favourable than winning at  the casino.

The migrants that come here are all in the pollination business , so they have to take their hives somewhere .

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1 minute ago, kaihoka said:

The migrants that come here are all in the pollination business , so they have to take their hives somewhere .

Uh Huh .... but they are also out to make a dollar. Where do they put their bees in the winter  ..... why not put them back there  if they made their fortune off pollination ?

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Just now, jamesc said:

Uh Huh .... but they are also out to make a dollar. Where do they put their bees in the winter  ..... why not put them back there  if they made their fortune off pollination ?

Its about getting them out of the spray zone.

They go back to the yards , which are in the middle of an orcharding area , in the winter .

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2 minutes ago, kaihoka said:

Its about getting them out of the spray zone.

They go back to the yards , which are in the middle of an orcharding area , in the winter .

Oh cfap..... the spray zone .... do't talk to me about the spray zone ..... we been delving in bees today that have been in the spray zone. Them Hunny's are way behind the eight ball. 

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1 minute ago, jamesc said:

Oh cfap..... the spray zone .... do't talk to me about the spray zone ..... we been delving in bees today that have been in the spray zone. Them Hunny's are way behind the eight ball. 

Do the bees ever get badly affected by being in the spray zone .

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Just now, kaihoka said:

Do the bees ever get badly affected by being in the spray zone .

They sure as heck do. We got bees that have 14 frames of brood. bees. In the spray zone they  have a miserable three frames of brood and are starving . The field force got wiped out. They don't have to be in orchards , just your run of the mill farms who are striving to turn a profit and pouring on the chemical to regrass and grow high producing crops.

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4 hours ago, kaihoka said:

What are you expecting to flow well.

I am contemplating telling  the migrant beek on my place  not to bother coming .

There will be no rata , or kanuka or manuka , maybe the white rata vine will flower , its very reliable.

But I will get my bucket of honey if he comes . 

I will also get robbed by starving hives.

 I have other migrants down the road who will also rob , but I will get no bucket of honey from them .

They both have very nice yellow drones for my queens .

Swings and roundabouts .

Everything seams to be having a good flowering this year, except the pohtukawa. Cabbage tree is nearly finished and Manuka is in full flower in some areas and budding up in others. Some areas are not warm enough yet for a Manuka crop, others are desert  like already. 

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