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Offline FloridaGardener

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Follow the bloom 2021
« on: January 04, 2021, 11:25:47 am »
It is time. 

About half of the bees returning to the hive are bringing in pollen.  Most is hi-vis orange...maybe ornamental cabbage?
A little is white. It's not the Sasanqua Camellias which are still in bloom - their pollen is yellow.


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Re: Follow the bloom 2021
« Reply #1 on: January 04, 2021, 12:10:06 pm »
Great to see that your bees are active. The bees in my neck of the woods will not have any flying das for another 8 weeks.
Despite my efforts the bees are doing great

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Re: Follow the bloom 2021
« Reply #2 on: January 04, 2021, 05:27:55 pm »
Got a white and orange colored pollen coming into my hives right now. The yellow probably is Spanish Needle but not sure about the white. Just noticed that some of the maples are starting to bud which is real early this year and could be the source of the white pollen. 

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Re: Follow the bloom 2021
« Reply #3 on: January 04, 2021, 09:14:21 pm »
It's crazy.
I always thought spring started in March/April around here, but after I started making bee notes last year, I realize maple trees will be blooming a week and a half from now. Being a beek has changed my whole seasonal outlook.

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Re: Follow the bloom 2021
« Reply #4 on: January 05, 2021, 08:49:07 pm »
Southern Red Cedar is putting out yellow pollen here.
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Re: Follow the bloom 2021
« Reply #5 on: January 24, 2021, 10:15:16 pm »
Strange that bees will pull pollen from one type of camelia, but leave other varieties alone.
My bees are pulling in a lot of pollen right now.

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Re: Follow the bloom 2021
« Reply #6 on: January 24, 2021, 10:45:48 pm »
Strange that bees will pull pollen from one type of camelia, but leave other varieties alone.
My bees are pulling in a lot of pollen right now.
Maybe those other varieties are pollenless.  Sometimes flowers bred for a specific color or petal type end up sterile. 

Also, Jim, shouldn't this thread be stickied?       
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Re: Follow the bloom 2021
« Reply #7 on: January 24, 2021, 10:53:16 pm »
Yes.
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Re: Follow the bloom 2021
« Reply #8 on: January 26, 2021, 11:41:02 pm »
15, True, about the hybrids. I have past work experience in the nursery business, but the whole bee aspect is something that never came up. We dealt with issues like sterility in a hybrid, not whether it provides nectar.
At HoneyPumps encouragement, I keep hive notes, and that includes everything I see blooming in our county. I am surprised at how many flowering plants are ignored by honey bees.

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Re: Follow the bloom 2021
« Reply #9 on: January 27, 2021, 02:06:18 pm »
An update from the west coast: eucalyptus, some almonds, and a few decorative Plums have begun flowering. Nectar has begun to flow. A little early though. I just harvested 45 lbs of honey, to make room in a couple hives.

We had very little rain till now - temps up into the low 70's. Now it's decided to storm good. Our forecast is for 30%(+/-) of the years rain in the next 7 days*. There's snow on the hills behind the house. That should wash our the nectar, and reset the bloom to mid February, putting it back on schedule.

*we get around 15 inches of rain per yr here, and there's 4-5 inches in the forecast. Around 2 inches fell last night.
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Re: Follow the bloom 2021
« Reply #10 on: January 27, 2021, 02:08:19 pm »
Also: the Redbuds are swelling in preparation for bloom. We should see them pop open in 3 weeks, I'm guessing. Should be in "full nectar flow" by then.
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Re: Follow the bloom 2021
« Reply #11 on: January 27, 2021, 02:15:54 pm »
Also: the Redbuds are swelling in preparation for bloom. We should see them poo open in 3 weeks, I'm guessing. Should be in "full nectar flow" by then.

Alan it is very nice to see that you are posting. Glad you are still active!! Welcome my friend!
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Re: Follow the bloom 2021
« Reply #12 on: January 27, 2021, 02:44:57 pm »
ALAN!!!  YOU'RE ALIVE!!  :grin:  Seriously though, you had me worried there, man.  You haven't even logged on since like August!  I figured something happened to you!   
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Re: Follow the bloom 2021
« Reply #13 on: January 27, 2021, 02:56:47 pm »
I agree Member! You two hold a special place for me here at beemaster since we three started posting here about the same time..  My classmates lol....
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Re: Follow the bloom 2021
« Reply #14 on: January 27, 2021, 03:20:42 pm »
I agree Member! You two hold a special place for me here at beemaster since we three started posting here about the same time..  My classmates lol....
It's true!  The only problem with that metaphor is that one can never graduate from beekeeping!  :wink: :cheesy:  There's always more to learn.  :happy:
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Re: Follow the bloom 2021
« Reply #15 on: January 27, 2021, 03:24:43 pm »
I agree Member! You two hold a special place for me here at beemaster since we three started posting here about the same time..  My classmates lol....
It's true!  The only problem with that metaphor is that one can never graduate from beekeeping!  :wink: :cheesy:  There's always more to learn.  :happy:

Totally agree and well said!!  Adding an Amen!
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Re: Follow the bloom 2021
« Reply #16 on: January 27, 2021, 06:58:22 pm »
Thanks Ben & 15th.  :grin: :grin: :grin: :cool:
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Re: Follow the bloom 2021
« Reply #17 on: January 27, 2021, 07:01:01 pm »
Sorry for totally interrupting Follow the Bloom with our "class reunion", everyone.  Carry on!   :grin:
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Re: Follow the bloom 2021
« Reply #18 on: January 28, 2021, 11:32:31 am »
My lawn is covered in these white cotton ball looking flowers.  I think they call it snow. :tongue: :cheesy:

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Re: Follow the bloom 2021
« Reply #19 on: January 30, 2021, 04:49:57 pm »
Strange that bees will pull pollen from one type of camelia, but leave other varieties alone.
My bees are pulling in a lot of pollen right now.


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I have this same strand of camelia that you have pictured Bob and I have the same good results as you. My Bees love em!! I do not know if nectar is also an asset with this red strand?




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Re: Follow the bloom 2021
« Reply #20 on: January 31, 2021, 11:15:17 pm »
Drove to check hives today (Mississippi).  From Jackson metro to Attala County, Red maples barely showing.  Some green pollen coming in today (not sure what that?s from).

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Re: Follow the bloom 2021
« Reply #21 on: February 07, 2021, 02:10:00 pm »
Purple blossoms of rosemary.

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Re: Follow the bloom 2021
« Reply #22 on: February 13, 2021, 03:20:11 pm »
Maples are starting here in WNC. 
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Re: Follow the bloom 2021
« Reply #23 on: February 19, 2021, 10:58:35 am »
West of lake city the primrose-willow was huge when I was out there yesterday. I will assume the next two nights will end that though. Speaking of that the last frost damaged the first round of blooms my pear trees, the last week has them full of blooms, my assumption is the same for them.
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Re: Follow the bloom 2021
« Reply #24 on: February 23, 2021, 11:02:43 am »
in central TX and our dandelions were blooming and the elm trees too in the beginning of Feb.  Bees were bringing in tons of pollen and upon inspection of my one hive I started with last spring, tons of capped brood.

Then the iceman cometh and froze everything last week.  Thawed out on Sat and the bee were flying again and I was surprised to see they were bringing in pollen.  Didn't see anything blooming near me, but I am pretty sure it was dandelion again.  On Sunday the dandelionos were blooming in my yard too and the elms and cedars are in flower again. 

Here's too a good spring.

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Re: Follow the bloom 2021
« Reply #25 on: February 23, 2021, 11:41:18 pm »
The picture is a Osaka cherry with honey bees. Dandelion is blooming now, and red pollen is coming in from henbit.

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Re: Follow the bloom 2021
« Reply #26 on: April 06, 2021, 09:04:02 am »
Here in South Central Illinois we have had Henbit and Dead Nettle for a couple of weeks, they are almost done now. Maple has blossomed too. Now first week of April we have Bradford Pear and Dandelion. Red Bud is only a few days away.

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Re: Follow the bloom 2021
« Reply #27 on: May 02, 2021, 11:35:12 pm »
Tulip poplar and black locust just starting. Crimson clover is full bloom in my food plots as well.

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Re: Follow the bloom 2021
« Reply #28 on: May 06, 2021, 07:16:34 am »
Black Gum has been in full bloom for a week. Bees have been keeping the trees buzzing. Each tree seems to stay in bloom for about 4 days. They do not all come into bloom at the same time which is a good thing. Gallberry is just starting to bloom. Bees are ignoring it while the Black Gum is still blooming.
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