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Rewarewa is a no show for me this season.

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All's good ..... we still putting bees into radishes. Bird in the hand ......  looked pretty black over there again tonight.

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1 minute ago, jamesc said:

All's good ..... we still putting bees into radishes. Bird in the hand ......  looked pretty black over there again tonight.

Just curious, what does radish honey taste like ?

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Good question ..... and to be honest I have no idea ..... as generally the bees go in with with  half a box of dew, clover is flowering, along with the borage ..... and the honey comes  out at a 24 ish colour ...... three boxes of low grade multi floral ..... the nice part is the rental fee.  

1 hour ago, Bighands said:

For the 1st time in many years the Westland quintinia has not flowered and I do not think the Kamahi is going to do itys thing.I am talking about the Otira valley.The Kamahi is flowering in the Taramakau but not the Otira so chances of a S. Rata showing are very slim. Bye the way it is still raining and temps are forecast low teens.

Coast Manuka must be pouring in .... right ?

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11 minutes ago, jamesc said:

Coast Manuka must be pouring in .... right ?

No way manuka would produce in current coast weather.

Even though its flowering as good as I have seen .

1 hour ago, Bighands said:

For the 1st time in many years the Westland quintinia has not flowered and I do not think the Kamahi is going to do itys thing.I am talking about the Otira valley.The Kamahi is flowering in the Taramakau but not the Otira so chances of a S. Rata showing are very slim. Bye the way it is still raining and temps are forecast low teens.

That sucks for you .

Kamahi has pretty much finished here. Had a really good flower .

The rata just starting , plenty of buds .

Just need a month of sunny windless weather

24 minutes ago, nikki watts said:

Just curious, what does radish honey taste like ?

Mustard honey is pretty nice , I think raddish would be similar .

Quite a light honey .

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My 'True Greek' Oregano is getting loads of visitors from mid morning to early evening, even though its in partial shade and not full sun.

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Clover and nodding thistle..

Packing it in - added two supers each hive, one dry, one wet. See if they end up full by mid.march

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If there is any kind of a flow still going, putting on a wet super is the way to get the bees straight down to work. 🙂

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Ive just got in from a drive down the western access road  (32)and over to Omori
I see hives returning from the Manuka siting in the barren  scorched paddocks.

What stood out was the poor state of the Koromiko, its about 1/3 it's usual self.

Id say that there's barely a drop of nectar in anything for the Hives to put away for winter.
If this season draws out like the previous two then the Bees will be flying for 3 months yet, all for nothing.

Just burning stores and spreading Mites

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One of my sites has a hillside of koromiko just across the road from it or it did. I was up there today and the whole hillside has gone up in flames. Fortunately it didn't get to the bees but it was close enough..

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6 hours ago, Philbee said:

Ive just got in from a drive down the western access road  (32)and over to Omori
I see hives returning from the Manuka siting in the barren  scorched paddocks.

What stood out was the poor state of the Koromiko, its about 1/3 it's usual self.

Id say that there's barely a drop of nectar in anything for the Hives to put away for winter.
If this season draws out like the previous two then the Bees will be flying for 3 months yet, all for nothing.

Just burning stores and spreading Mites

Its going to rain all next week .

Normally that would really annoy me but right now I am.ok with that .

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5 minutes ago, kaihoka said:

Its going to rain all next week .

Normally that would really annoy me but right now I am.ok with that .

I wonder if the Koromiko will come back to life?

In our deep gorge its fine but out on the flat land in the drying wind its fried 

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49 minutes ago, Philbee said:

I wonder if the Koromiko will come back to life?

In our deep gorge its fine but out on the flat land in the drying wind its fried 

My bush hebes are fine but I noticed a couple of ornamental hebes on a dry bank are looking a bit sick .

The ground here has finally lost its moisture so the rain has come just in time .

I think we will be one of the last places adversely affected by climate change.

Everything here is used to adapting to difficult  conditions .

 

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