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In the last two weeks it's been- to dry - too wet- too windy- too humid- too cold- and too hot  . Normally like most beekeepers I would be complaining about all the above but I just got back from

James, I think that rata, a good smoothly granulated rata, is one of the finest honeys in the world.  While I might personally think of it as priceless, I do hope you get the price you want...

It’s been terrible over the hill too kaihoka just awful with so much rain. we are still feeding to keep hives alive.

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9 minutes ago, jamesc said:

Not sure we need another big year .... I still got the last big Rata year sitting in the shed

I think the pollination guys that move their hives here will be happy about that .

They do not have to rely on selling their honey .

Last season was a big manuka yr and the hives were full of manuka honey even though the rata flowered .

Which was a surprise

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Just sitting back havin a beer and lookin out window above woolshed roof on hillside in bush is a reddish lookin tree. A look through binoculars and its a Southern Rata in full bloom. A look around and across lake is two more bright red trees.. The earliest ive seen in the eight years ive been here. 

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1 hour ago, YTB8TA270 said:

Just sitting back havin a beer and lookin out window above woolshed roof on hillside in bush is a reddish lookin tree. A look through binoculars and its a Southern Rata in full bloom. A look around and across lake is two more bright red trees.. The earliest ive seen in the eight years ive been here. 

Agreed ... we were collapsed having lunch the other day and raised our eyes to the hills ..... indeed , a reddish tinge.

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3 hours ago, YTB8TA270 said:

Just sitting back havin a beer and lookin out window above woolshed roof on hillside in bush is a reddish lookin tree. A look through binoculars and its a Southern Rata in full bloom. A look around and across lake is two more bright red trees.. The earliest ive seen in the eight years ive been here. 

The kanuka is flowering here , that is really early .

I think rata will on its normal shedual  .

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2 hours ago, Bighands said:

I see Rata is flowering at Fox River

The coast south of karamea has missed out on all the rain we have been getting .

These days if it rains in the Nrth IS we are in the Nrth Is .

If it rains in the Sth Is we are in the Sth Is .

Nov heading to be the wettest month since we got our weather station in 2014.

Over 300mls .

I think it will delay buds rata buds opening .

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2 hours ago, frazzledfozzle said:

It’s been terrible over the hill too kaihoka just awful with so much rain.

we are still feeding to keep hives alive.

the rain could all end in a week and maybe all the rain will create a good flowering of forage crops later.

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Cripes you two must have webbed feet by now.. 

righto I’m thinking I need to sort a site or two for my ladies to work from if you all think it will turn red over there.. @Bighands I’m happy to swap sites with you if you’d like to produce some extremely rare and valuable Canterbury Beech Forest Honeydew..

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13 hours ago, Stoney said:

Cripes you two must have webbed feet by now.. 

righto I’m thinking I need to sort a site or two for my ladies to work from if you all think it will turn red over there.. @Bighands I’m happy to swap sites with you if you’d like to produce some extremely rare and valuable Canterbury Beech Forest Honeydew..

the migrant arrived yesterday to get the site on our place ready now he has finished with pollination.

his bees have been struggling this spring like lots of beeks in nelson area.

this yr some of the big rata are completely covered in buds but i have seen trees with no buds.

often you will get a patchy flower on the tree but this yr it seems all or nothing.

the manuka and kanuka are early.

i will post how it unfolds here on the forum, it will be an indication of how it will be further south.

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16 hours ago, Stoney said:

Cripes you two must have webbed feet by now.. 

righto I’m thinking I need to sort a site or two for my ladies to work from if you all think it will turn red over there.. @Bighands I’m happy to swap sites with you if you’d like to produce some extremely rare and valuable Canterbury Beech Forest Honeydew..

Hey @Stoney I got some nice rata sites I'd trade for some Manuka ones ? next year. 

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Few yrs ago at last job we had sites down the coast, one load of bees was mistakenly unloaded at the wrong spot in the bush.. after working those bees a few times we received an email from the department asking for them to please be moved... within 2 months. We had a bit of a laugh as that would have given us the honey flow there.. but moved them anyway. 
another time the driver mistook the roadies gravel site as the bee site, dropped them off and very next day we received a call... “

move them tonight or we will push em into the bush with the loader” 

they got moved quick too. 

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