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Re: What blooms where and when
« Reply #380 on: February 16, 2022, 01:54:52 pm »
27350.. Bees working Mahonia today.
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Re: What blooms where and when
« Reply #381 on: February 17, 2022, 12:17:05 pm »
My bees are piling in cedar pollen, and a pollen that is bright yellow is just starting.
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Re: What blooms where and when
« Reply #382 on: February 26, 2022, 06:29:28 pm »
Dead Nettle by the acre today.
A few Crocuses.
Flowering Quince.
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Re: What blooms where and when
« Reply #383 on: March 19, 2022, 06:02:09 pm »
Redbud trees bloomed today.
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Re: What blooms where and when
« Reply #384 on: April 08, 2022, 07:16:28 pm »
Crabapples, redbuds, magnolias, and ornamental cherries. 66061
Henbit still going strong and Dandelions are just about to start. Hard freeze forecasted for tonight.

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Re: What blooms where and when
« Reply #385 on: May 12, 2022, 08:51:18 am »
We are playing catchup here!  Cold spring moved into HOT spring weather.  66061

5/8/22 White Dutch Clover, Alliums
5/10/22  Honeysuckle
5/11/22 Chokecherry, Black Locust
Privet is just starting to bloom.
All of these are about a week behind.

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Re: What blooms where and when
« Reply #386 on: May 12, 2022, 06:14:34 pm »
We finally got some flow going here.  The tulip poplars, blackberries/raspberries, and multiflora rose are going strong. 
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Re: What blooms where and when
« Reply #387 on: May 20, 2022, 07:13:53 pm »
Tulip poplar and Yellow sweet clover.

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Re: What blooms where and when
« Reply #388 on: May 21, 2022, 09:49:53 am »
Yellow.. dandelion I am assuming, and something VERY VERY BRILLIANT red. No clue what it is, but wow is it red....
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Re: What blooms where and when
« Reply #389 on: May 21, 2022, 10:19:50 pm »
I see your botany skills rival my own lazy.  :D
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Re: What blooms where and when
« Reply #390 on: May 22, 2022, 09:17:11 am »
heheheh    ;D
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Re: What blooms where and when
« Reply #391 on: May 22, 2022, 10:39:31 am »
I see your botany skills rival my own lazy.  :D
There is a reason I don’t post in this thread often. I’d have to know what I’m looking at! :-[

Guys!  Tsk! Tsk! Tsk!  You also have to recognize that not every blooming plant is favored by honey bees or that certain plants will only be worked if there is nothing else.  Just because it blooms doesn't mean a honey bee will even come near it.  Remember, honey bees prefer the highest sugar concentration that they can find when it comes to nectar collection.  Yellow sweet clover is starting to bloom here.  That's 52% sugar concentration!  You know when that starts blooming you better have your supers in place!  Start by looking to see if honey bees are working a particular species.  If they are, do your research and figure out what it is.

The best honey bee book out there, in regards to nectar and pollen sources, is Peter Lindner's Garden Plants for Honey Bees. It's worth the $30-$35 and will help you with identification.  Chapters are broken down into months.  He rates the attractiveness of the nectar and the pollen to the honey bee.  Lindtner includes a picture of the blooms and a written description of the pollen color so you know what you are seeing in the bee's pollen baskets.  The calendar aspect of it is very general.  There can be quite a difference in bloom period across the country.  I highly recommend this book.

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Re: What blooms where and when
« Reply #392 on: May 22, 2022, 11:28:51 am »
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Re: What blooms where and when
« Reply #393 on: May 22, 2022, 12:11:29 pm »
Guys!  Tsk! Tsk! Tsk!  You also have to recognize that not every blooming plant is favored by honey bees or that certain plants will only be worked if there is nothing else.  Just because it blooms doesn't mean a honey bee will even come near it.  Remember, honey bees prefer the highest sugar concentration that they can find when it comes to nectar collection.  Yellow sweet clover is starting to bloom here.  That's 52% sugar concentration!  You know when that starts blooming you better have your supers in place!  Start by looking to see if honey bees are working a particular species.  If they are, do your research and figure out what it is.

The best honey bee book out there, in regards to nectar and pollen sources, is Peter Lindner's Garden Plants for Honey Bees. It's worth the $30-$35 and will help you with identification.  Chapters are broken down into months.  He rates the attractiveness of the nectar and the pollen to the honey bee.  Lindtner includes a picture of the blooms and a written description of the pollen color so you know what you are seeing in the bee's pollen baskets.  The calendar aspect of it is very general.  There can be quite a difference in bloom period across the country.  I highly recommend this book.

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As science-y as I am, my botany is embarrassingly bad.  :-[  I'll definitely be checking that book out!   
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Re: What blooms where and when
« Reply #394 on: May 25, 2022, 09:37:45 pm »
Wait, whats botany? Isnt that a bay somewhere?     C:-)
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Re: What blooms where and when
« Reply #395 on: May 26, 2022, 02:14:25 pm »
Wait, whats botany? Isnt that a bay somewhere?     C:-)
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Re: What blooms where and when
« Reply #396 on: May 26, 2022, 02:15:13 pm »
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Re: What blooms where and when
« Reply #397 on: June 03, 2022, 10:11:52 am »



I took this picture yesterday. This is the sight of a former shopping mall about 1/2 mile from me.  They tore it completely down with the exception of one lonely store.  It took a few years but Mother Nature has provided some great nectar and pollen sources with Yellow Sweet Clover, White Dutch Clover, and Red Clover.  Garmin has recently bought this property and it sets about a mile from their main campus.  I hope it's a few years before they develop the land. 

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Re: What blooms where and when
« Reply #398 on: June 03, 2022, 10:16:14 am »



I took this picture yesterday. This is the sight of a former shopping mall about 1/2 mile from me.  They tore it completely down with the exception of one lonely store.  It took a few years but Mother Nature has provided some great nectar and pollen sources with Yellow Sweet Clover, White Dutch Clover, and Red Clover.  Garmin has recently bought this property and it sets about a mile from their main campus.  I hope it's a few years before they develop the land. 

That's amazing!! 
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Re: What blooms where and when
« Reply #399 on: June 06, 2022, 06:19:23 pm »
That's pretty cool, B13!  :)
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