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Re: What's flowering: Queensland
« Reply #780 on: March 25, 2024, 09:52:24 pm »

Flowering.

There is not much to report.
The weather has been against us - too wet. Bees can't fly and pollen and nectar would be washed out.
I can see that the Blue Gum ( E. tereticornis) is budding heavily.
It is a reliable producer at the end of winter into spring.
We do get some surplus honey most years and occasionally a good flow.
The timing, just before a strong buildup of brood can be magic magic.

With plenty of soil moisture Clover often performs well too.
A great time to make early splits and some queens. We shall see.

I can see the Golden Rain Trees are  flowering (Koelreuteria elegans subsp. formosana)
It is considered a weed around here but bees love it.
I suspect that the honey is rather dark.

No luck this year . They are a lovely tree to watch bees at work - when the sun shines.

During our wet season we generally find that Cobbler's pegs ( Bidens pilosa) keep our bees happy if we get short bursts of sunshine. Even they could not provide some sustenance for our bees.


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Re: What's flowering: Queensland
« Reply #781 on: April 01, 2024, 04:40:30 am »
Easter cassia ( Senna spp)

This invasive weed is in full flower around our bush areas.
I don't see bees working them at all.
The literature does mention Cassia as a bee plant.
Anybody have any personal experince?