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Re: What's flowering: Queensland
« Reply #220 on: March 25, 2019, 02:56:12 am »
Yes, the wildflowers. I have been told some amazing flows of these. I wonder what the honey is like?

We have been working bees the last 3 mornings  - just a bit each day - too hot to hang around in the sun or indeed the beehouse.

Some very full supers and more coming in - not sure what is giving the flow? What is flowering in Palmwood- Mark. We have large areas of Cobblers pegs and they do keep giving. very reliable. The Flodded Gum is flowering and I'm told also some tallowwood - wrong tome of the year? Must have liked to rain we had a while back.

If the rain holds off we may take off some more.

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Re: What's flowering: Queensland
« Reply #221 on: March 26, 2019, 09:23:59 am »
Yes strange with stuff flowering again noticed that all the murraya are budded up and due to open again along with those you have mentioned the melaleucas are in flower down here. Was in the apiary tonite and plenty of nectar coming in.
 Pity there isn't someway to capture the aroma, just very different hard to explain sort of the sweet smell of nectar but also very foliage like, not floral as such and not earthy but combinations, really interesting aroma.
Meant to be a drop in temps tomorrow and rain coming till weekend, that will be that catalyst for more action with temps back up in the 30's after that.
May the flow be with you!!
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Re: What's flowering: Queensland
« Reply #222 on: March 26, 2019, 06:10:09 pm »
Yes, a bit of rain here. No bee work today. Still have a few hives to do and then I'm finished with honey for the season - I expect.

We have a large dam here - maybe 21/2 ha - the edge is covered in Snow Flakes ( the water type:)) and the bees love them. We have a total of about 20 dams - some small, but all the Water Lillies and Snow Flakes may even give us a bit of a flow at times.
The jaboticaba are coming out - always do with some rain.
A great day to do some bottling.

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Re: What's flowering: Queensland
« Reply #223 on: March 26, 2019, 10:12:37 pm »
Still raining here enough to keep us in the shed.... spanners are being thrown at grumpy bums. Heh.

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Re: What's flowering: Queensland
« Reply #224 on: March 26, 2019, 10:46:09 pm »

The jaboticaba are coming out - always do with some rain.
A great day to do some bottling.
Jaboticaba ........was down there a couple of days ago and no sign of flowering down here, but will go and check now you have mentioned.
Managed to slash bottom paddock before the rain arrived this morning...figured the neighbours should be wake by 6am :happy: It was thigh high after that burst of rain and all the heat we have had, grows while you look at it.
Noticed our Pink cassia flowering again as well this morning.
Enjoy your bottling. I always get mesmerised by the honey flowing in to the jars and at times am so engrossed I am a bit slow in shutting the valve! "Clean up in aisle 1!"

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Re: What's flowering: Queensland
« Reply #225 on: March 28, 2019, 09:42:52 pm »
Still raining here and I would love to finish the honey before I have to start teaching for two weeks.
A bit of sun between good showers - not a lot but very useful rain. it will give us some soil moisture. Too early to say if it will help our Spring flowering. Some Euc's are budding - promising.
I have done the bottling I wanted to do - keeping some honey in buckets for the bulk buyers.

I would love to grow some Pink cassia but I guess we are a little too cool here. Plenty of the Senna - Eastern cassia here but the bees don't touch them.
How is the weather up north, Bill? Anybody out west?

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Re: What's flowering: Queensland
« Reply #226 on: March 30, 2019, 12:24:36 am »
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How is the weather up north, Bill? Anybody out west?

Still raining in fits and furrts Max, enough to keep bees at home.
Much more (time) and I'll be diving into the sugarbag I reckon.
BOM is telling us another monsoon is imminent next week, I have
never yet hoped they are more wrong... had enough well and truly.
Bees are coming into their 16th week of no fresh tucker.

Much of the bulk of the rain has moved to the sou'west where it
was desperately needed. We have a couple of refugees staying
with us as they couldn't get home for road closures... been handy in
catching up on some maintainence in the shed getting one tractor
going after a long spell idle. Heh.

Cheers.

Bill


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Re: What's flowering: Queensland
« Reply #227 on: March 30, 2019, 01:07:17 am »
have a look at the radar, Bill -http://www.weatherzone.com.au/radar/qld/gympie/128km

Nice front passing us just North.

Not much rain here but enough to keep the girls in most of the time.

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Re: What's flowering: Queensland
« Reply #228 on: April 01, 2019, 03:56:37 pm »
have a look at the radar, Bill -http://www.weatherzone.com.au/radar/qld/gympie/128km

Nice front passing us just North.

Not much rain here but enough to keep the girls in most of the time.

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Still coming down here...got the Grumps now, well an' truly.

Comisserations.

Bill

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Re: What's flowering: Queensland
« Reply #229 on: April 06, 2019, 10:49:58 pm »
Glorious, perfect weather here today. Soil moisture is quite good too but we still need some more rain.
The bees are super busy and I can smell honey.
We checked a few hives the other day and hives I took honey off 8 days before had about 1kg of honey in each frame .

If this keeps up we will be taking a little more  off.

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Re: What's flowering: Queensland
« Reply #230 on: April 10, 2019, 07:03:29 pm »
Just what we needed, another beetle.

I have not seen them here but it appears that they are not far north from us.

http://afbrc.org/bis_hive.html

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Re: What's flowering: Queensland
« Reply #231 on: April 10, 2019, 07:35:42 pm »
Just what we needed, another beetle.

I have not seen them here but it appears that they are not far north from us.

http://afbrc.org/bis_hive.html

Hey thanks for the headsup Max - I spotted a loner recently, taking note as we too
rarely see any significant SHB and this guy seemed larger as well as the wrong shape
being more like a ginormous stink beetle.
Great news is we have had clear skies for three days now and the temps have dropped
to low 30s with 20C being felt at night... so that is The Wet done and dusted.
Now to drag the bees back from the brink of starvation. WooHoo!

Cheers.

Bill

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Re: What's flowering: Queensland
« Reply #232 on: April 10, 2019, 09:36:00 pm »
" the temps have dropped
to low 30s with 20C being felt at night... so that is The Wet done and dusted."

 Time to get the beany out?

Nice to have some clear weather - the bees are super busy here. Need to check in a gew days what is going on

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Re: What's flowering: Queensland
« Reply #233 on: April 13, 2019, 05:45:00 am »
Not quite yet Max as it has to get below 20 at night, but yes the cardigan
has had the moths shook off the last few mornings till smoko. ;-))
Bees are going like the clappers in rebuilding, dragging in mobs of cream
pollen yet no real sign so far of egg laying taking off. I figure they must
be on weed as I cannot spot a single tree in bloom as yet with those that
looked promising a few weeks ago all washed out.
Aside from the overall degradation of this exceptional Wet we lost our first
client's colony, a six frame nucleus 'rescued' in October. Wholly down to a
lack of sufficient stores to go the distance they pinged off on maybe the
second fine sunrise. Working - I thought - the evening before, gone by smoko
(~0900hrs) the next day. Turns out the gate was left at 9mm (robber mode)
and missed in driveby checks... so down to me, that one.
/smacks wrist/

And so we wait... for blooms.

Cheers...

Bill


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Re: What's flowering: Queensland
« Reply #234 on: April 13, 2019, 08:09:21 am »
Bill,
?Working - I thought - the evening before, gone by smoko?
When is smoko?
Jim Altmiller

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Re: What's flowering: Queensland
« Reply #235 on: April 13, 2019, 06:12:27 pm »
Jim - " smoko" in Australia refers to morning ( or sometimes afternoon) tea. The name probably came from the fact that years ago everybody had a cup of tea and a smoke .The bees were gone by " smoko" - " morning tea" .

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Re: What's flowering: Queensland
« Reply #236 on: April 13, 2019, 06:14:05 pm »
Hi Bill,

yes, the weeds. The bees have been busy here too with the days still lovely and warm. The mornings are on the cool side. Don't mind and I have the beany readdy

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Re: What's flowering: Queensland
« Reply #237 on: April 13, 2019, 06:59:45 pm »
Jim - " smoko" in Australia refers to morning ( or sometimes afternoon) tea. The name probably came from the fact that years ago everybody had a cup of tea and a smoke .The bees were gone by " smoko" - " morning tea" .
Thanks. Learned something new.
Jim Altmiller

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Re: What's flowering: Queensland
« Reply #238 on: April 13, 2019, 07:24:37 pm »
Thanks Jim 'n Max - adjusted my post to universal time for posterity and inclusion.

Cheers.

Bill

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Re: What's flowering: Queensland
« Reply #239 on: April 13, 2019, 08:57:25 pm »
0900  for smoko? You are early:)