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Are these starting or finishing?

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Looking at the size of the seeds in the heads I’d say finishing

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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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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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Plantsnap thinks it is Hylotelephium spectabile  (Showy stonecrop)

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Thanks @Trevor Gillbanks. That’s it, not sure what it had on offer, but it was fair humming. 

 

Ive now downloaded that app too👍

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9 hours ago, Josh said:

Ive now downloaded that app too

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

 

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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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They have it for android. I'll have to give it a whirl next time I'm walking the dog.

 

Thanks :)

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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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The gorse is coming along nicely in the foothills!

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I just don’t know how to respond to an apparent excitement about gorse...

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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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25 minutes ago, Josh said:

I just don’t know how to respond to an apparent excitement about gorse...

you must love blackberry too then eh ;)

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53 minutes ago, Josh said:

I just don’t know how to respond to an apparent excitement about gorse...

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.

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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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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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So.... what next with the wildflower garden.

Will the seed heads fall and germinate again next year?

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The dandelion seed head at the bottom of the photo will definitely germinate next year.  Should be helpful as a pollen and nectar source for spring buildup!

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They should do. It does look like there is a considerable amount of grass in there tho, which will compete. Did you start with a weed free area?

Does your mix have a range of annuals and perennial plants?

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