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  1. Eucalyptus saligna, Sydney Blue Gum, white flowers any idea what colour the pollen is in the bees pollen baskets? ( the pollen on the anther in the flower is not the same hue as the load the forager carries). Flowers well in BoP.
  2. It smells heavenly! Sounds like I can take them now in this coastal situation. Apparently they grow from seed too...I’d try now. I myself will hopefully try to rip from a branch so I get a heel, or strip off some leaves near to the cut end so this area also gets rooting hormone on it, and I might try to clip a T shape at the soil end, Ill stuff those in a pot with soil stick that in a large zip lock bag and put it on a sunny window ledge. If they don’t strike I will try in spring again and again in autumn. I have cobbled together a portable greenhouse in a clear storage box which moves around the front yard snatching sunlight. Ever optimistic, winter propagation thats asking for a lot of luck 😉 @kaihoka If i get some to strike I’ll send you a seedling/s via messaging and NZpost in spring. 👍
  3. It’s good to have little corner of joy and calm happening in this topic... The blossoms and pollen loads and nectar gathering strategies of the foragers are endlessly creative. Trevor thank you for looking out for us all, a tough job at times for moderators ...and it is appreciated. Just saying.
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  5. JUst tried it...My girls on a beautiful small tree up the road, same morning walk yesterday, heavenly scent...Luculia gratissima . Can be grown from a tip cutting or seed...Looks like an early winter N and P source. Not sure of the protein profile but forage at this time is better than no forage.
  6. Great tip thank you Trevor, Ill down load the app.
  7. Here’s my girls up the road foraging on what looks like an AU or SA or Mediterranean plant. Any ID?
  8. Yes I agree @Maggie James. Thank you! I have both Kirk publications but Dave Black wisely pointed out these are perhaps more accurate sources than Hodges. The IBRA publications have each hue standardised against the same background white.It would indeed make a cloth print if the original weren’t large and detailed. 😁I’m mulling on the worth of reproducing it or one of its successors as a set full size charts. Not cheap. It never is. It’s usefulness relies on its scale and detail. Making art is compelling, soothing and uplifting. The industry built around that joy is another beast altogether. Artists have similar operational concerns to beekeepers, being self employed. They carry all the cost and risk involved in production, pay all exhibition costs and then if a work sells pay 60 per cent to the gallery owner on any sales. Profit is not made by the artist and they must have an academic or day job to support themselves in order to pay for the exhibition cycle. This system is not stacked in the artists favour, there’s also a whole circus built around discussing art, turning it into a commodity and selling it as a commodity. You can feel a right mug if you are the person making the work. Sometimes it’s wise to withdraw from this system and just do the work as if no one will ever see it, or care. It’s a familiar story no doubt. When the chart is complete, a solution may be to make digital images available to Forum colleagues for their own enjoyment. I have had a great deal of help from people here about the topic. People driving many miles to deliver very precious books and sending pristine rare books in the mail at their own expense, the SCION librarian printing out pivotal papers related to the topic. Incredible kindness. Right better get back to it. I hope your pear tree is now a pleasing shape, I’ve just given our own tree crops new haircuts too😊
  9. That’s good news about T4B site being updated and expanded soon. Yes Google scholar is helpful. I was working from this 2014 document sent through by Linda to you for me. The Skinny bees document will be useful. I have included Australian, NZ and UK plant pollen colours in the chart, information available online and in publications is thin. The scope will be reduced in any done in the future SCION have been very helpful, generously sharing what they have in relation to the topic and allowing me to read in their library. This first iteration will be a draft, further versions may come about. There will invariably be limitations to it. I’m interested in hue accuracy, I’m doing my best. There’s huge scope and limited information. It is information art but primarily its an artwork and the aesthetics of the finished piece must also function for viewers. The colours I have depicted are the nearest approximation to those seen in photos, seen through my own eyes, described in words or printed colours. The word ‘Brown’ can refer to many different tones and tints of the hue. Corbicula pollen colours are subject to interpretation, oxidation, and variation created by the age of the pollen load, water content of the pollen at the moment it was collected, the bees technique when it mixes it with honey and puts it into its corbicula. Some pollens must be harder to wrangle into the basket than others. Often pollen loads looks duller and darker than the pollen observed on the anther. I found a paper devoted to the subject in the Ohio State University Knowledge Bank, kb.osu.edu Reiter, R, ’The Coloration of Anther and Corbicula Pollen’ The Ohio Journal of Science. V47 n4 (July,1947), 137-152 I will be watching the plants and blossoms thread keenly throughout winter hoping to see photos of bees with pollen loaded in their corbiculae gathering from flowers. There’s another topic in Plants and Blossoms called Pollen Colour Chart related to this artwork. Right back to mixing watercolours 😉
  10. Wow. I really appreciate your effort on my behalf @Maggie James. This will make the chart more useful. I’ll keep you posted here once it’s finished.
  11. Great. Good to know I’m not off track.
  12. I didn’t want to interrupt the wonderful May Apiary Diary flow so I’ll stay in Happy Valley here, being a grasshopper ‘n all. So this first year restarting I went from one nuc last May to 3 wintered down hives of 20,000 bees each. I opened up the 3 hives on sunny warm Thursday and found in each, 4 patches of sealed brood on the two centre brood box frames, a few cells of uncapped brood day 6, and honey capped, or being capped on the other 4-6 outer frames. That’s my girls. I moved a couple of uncapped honey frames in the super above down to complete 8 in the brood box. we are right on the coast so our winter nights get down to 6 degrees at the lowest. -the parent hive is still slightly stronger than the other two Oct 2018 splits, about 25,000. -I’m keeping the feeders on top of all 3 hives and I’m feeding until the honey frames are capped then I will monitor. The queens seems to have slowed right down and virtually stopped laying. There will be about 2-3000 winter bees emerge in about 10 days time in each of the three hives I’d appreciate wise words on these things- ( it would be a shame to make things tough for the colonies at this late stage having got them through most of a season expanding nicely) -My mentor last year said the brood area can be successfully covered with a layer of felt to keep it cosy and you can store an empty ish box of frames and comb above. I don’t have felt, can I use a folded cotton tea towel. -I have no storage space for the 3 supers with empty combs and I don’t want the wax moth to get into them. I have never had much luck keeping the moth out in the past, other than leaving drawn frames on the hive. I plan to keep the empty drawn out supers on the hives, put a ‘blanket’ over the brood area and feed as needed over winter. -Ill get a small 5 kg pollen sub from farmlands in July to help the bees build up as needed. There’s cream, beige and salmon red pollen coming in at all 3 hives entrances but its not being stored its being consumed. Do they need pollen sub now, I don’t want to stimulate breeding.
  13. Its good value at $435.00 thru SIT. A full time tertiary course costs the govt about $10,000 per full time student, by the time tutors, admin and content are paid for. This is Apiculture course is at about Year 13/Seventh form level...60 credits at about 5-10 hours work per credit, so say 300-600 hours work at home over an academic year, equivalent to about 10-20 hours weekly work at home over a 30 week tertiary study period ...so it looks like a course that costs the govt at least $2000 per student in tutors fees and admin and content development -available at to students at $435.00. That’s good. Last time I looked at doing it myself it was about $1000.00 thru’ another tertiary provider. By subsidising course fees the government is aiming to get more qualified people into the apiculture industry, but home beekeepers with a good grounding in basic best practice is also an advantage to the wider commercial sector. A friend did it and found it to be helpful to her beekeeping. The Telford courses are awesome. I did two of their horticulture qualifications back in 2012 and 2014. Usually you get the notes and coursework posted to you and its all done hardcopy via the mail. If I’m correct, a bit antiquated, but the advantage is that more people can do it and it doesn’t rely on computer and internet. The course booklets are usually really thorough summaries and they’re well written and enjoyable. I know Telford tutors review course content yearly to keep topics relevant.
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