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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

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12 hours ago, dansar said:

I’ve always thought this plant/flower was Pennyroyal  but now I am not so sure. It is in a lot of lawns as a weed and due to being cut low keeps a fairly compact plant hence it never really match photos. It’s in most of the paddocks where my hives are located too and carries the same form as Pennyroyal as it doesn’t get cut low.

 

Can anyone id this flower?

 

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Found it -

Self Heal 

Prunella Vulgaris

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4 hours ago, Trevor Gillbanks said:

It is a pretty cool app.  I used it on the screen of your photo to get that result.  Pretty impressive I think.

 

What app are you talking about? A flower identifier?

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17 hours ago, Josh said:

Stopped for dinner at Orton Bradley Park tonight on the way home. And the bees were going nuts over this plant. Any ideas?

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I have a couple of them in the garden and yes the bees adore it!

and its just started flowering, will go for a month at least before they die back

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3 hours ago, Rashika said:

I have a couple of them in the garden and yes the bees adore it!

and its just started flowering, will go for a month at least before they die back

 

I’m very impressed with it. I’m going to add it to the bank below our bach, and also home. 

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8 minutes ago, Oma said:

Goldenrod holding the bees attention at the moment.  Need to multiply my plants out to increase the chance of tasting the honey.

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I spotted a clump on the side of the road near Putaruru on the weekend. First time I have seen it growing outside of a home garden. Actually it’s the first time I have seen it in real life😄

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I have very fertile soil and was worried that it might go rampant after reading about the trouble it can cause in gardens in the states.  The clump I have has remained very controlled but I have yet to try and divide a piece off.  I have promised some to @kaihoka so will have a go after it dies down in a month or so.

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On Monday, March 04, 2019 at 7:03 PM, jamesc said:

Well .... as a Hobbyist Beekeeper we absolutely love gorse .... it's a primo source of pollen and means we don't have to feed expensive patties and other supplements. And the greatest thing it's absolutley free and 100% natural ! Every good bee site needs gorse in the larder. 

But hey, don't look at the gorse ..... look at the colour of the sky and the shadow accentuating the ridgelines in the early morning sun.

One thing i Noticed in the queenstown area was how clear the visability was around the mountain tops .

When we got back to nelson heat haze  fuzzed the clarity of the mountains .

We also stayed in Riverton and there was not a lot of heat haze there either .

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4 minutes ago, frazzledfozzle said:

Riverton  is gorgeous :) 

It was pretty .

We were all in a very comfy Air B & B  watching the storm clouds and hail sweep across the bay .

With the fire going .

When we were traveling back over Haast pass i Saw a couple of sites with hives that looked very shaded.

They would get no sun in winter .

I thought they must be going to be moved . Soon .

Would they most likely be collecting honey dew .

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