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BJC last won the day on February 12

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  1. Shame about this persistent rain the Linden tree is getting a hammering but the girls are making the most of it.
  2. I suppose it is better than alfalfa as I read that the flower shuts on the bees head once it enters the flower causing the bee to shake its head and therefore pollinating the plant, apparently one bee was stuck for 45 seconds struggling to get out.
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    Oxalic and glycerine

    Do you gas the hives or the Beeks?
  4. Thank you, much appreciated, it sure does have a great fragrance and I am pleased to be able to release it from the wilds.
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    Oxalic and glycerine

    Yesbut was right about Gyro Gearloose then
  6. I will get a photo when I feel like walking up the hill, might be a while though!
  7. 40 mm in an hour a couple of days ago and thunderstorms taking the power out was a change from the warm dry weather we have experienced over the past couple of months. The sky still has that look and feel of thunderstorms not far away. The clover has come away and the girls are loving it. The Kanuka is in full flower here and is the most prolific in the almost five years we have lived here. We have a bit of jungle on the other side of a small stream in front of our house that I hope to clear this summer. I tracked this bush with white flowers down by its fragrance you cant really see it among the privet saplings etc. No bees on it though despite the fragrance, anyone know what it is?
  8. Thank you that is very helpful we have about twenty of them suddenly appear in ground we have been weeding.
  9. Anybody know what this is? It along with a number of relatives have suddenly appeared around the garden here.
  10. I would be keen to see it planted on pine plantations, come to think of it they could skip the pines and just plant the buckwheat. I found it great for parasitic wasps when I had an organic lemon orchard
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    November 2018 Apiary Diary

    Not quite winter here but we now have a small amount of much needed rain
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    Oxalic and glycerine

    I expect that is because MPI approved Amitraz treatments for a 10 week period with a two week withholding period making timing critical for those with honey flows in the lead up to Christmas
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    August 2018 Apiary Diary

    I found this an interesting read http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0199124
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    June 2018 Beekeeping Diary

    Last Friday our oven wouldn't work so I checked the RCD at the meter box, it kept tripping. I pulled the oven out and found a mouse pinned across the connections to the main power cord. I had to have the cord replaced as it shorted out the plug. Must have moved in to the warmth of the oven after cooking our roast veggies the night before.
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    Nutritional supplements

    I found this to be an interesting article that sheds some light on the timing of certain minerals https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/05/180530113226.htm but none of the supplements I have looked at have offered anymore than the claim they are a resounding success for bee health.