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Offline Les

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Black Locust Tree Bloom
« on: May 26, 2018, 01:54:48 pm »
Stepped out on the deck last night and the air was filled with the scent of the black locust flowers.  It was
intoxicating.  Wish I could get a better pic but this is just a small example of how heavy the bloom is.  We have been in this house 8 years and have never experienced such a bloom.  Watching the bees this morning and none of them are bringing in pollen.  I’m guessing they are loaded up with nectar.

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Re: Black Locust Tree Bloom
« Reply #1 on: May 26, 2018, 02:14:53 pm »
The black locust was blooming here last week.  I seems that it's a rare year when the black locust blooms are knocked out by a storm.  At least around here you can't expect a harvest from them, but when you do, it is great honey!

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Re: Black Locust Tree Bloom
« Reply #2 on: May 27, 2018, 04:23:11 am »
Baker the first year I had bees, we had a decent bloom and the honey crop was amazing.  I still have a small jar left over from that harvest to keep as comparison in case we ever got lucky again. Checking my hives tomorrow to see how they’re filling the frames.

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Re: Black Locust Tree Bloom
« Reply #3 on: May 30, 2018, 12:49:43 am »
loved the pic les!
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Re: Black Locust Tree Bloom
« Reply #4 on: May 30, 2018, 08:05:12 am »
The talk around leads me to think our unusual heat wave "knocked" the nectar out of the black locust blooms.

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Re: Black Locust Tree Bloom
« Reply #5 on: May 30, 2018, 10:47:49 pm »
Went into the hive the other day to check on the honey super.  They filled the entire super in six days.  Good thing I checked and got another super on quickly.  So fun standing there watching them take off from the hive.  They are flying straight up to the blooms on top of the locust trees.  The bloom is starting to wind down now, I think we might get two more days if it doesn't rain hard tomorrow.  It sure has been abnormally warm though, they are bearding up on the hive already at night.