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Re: What's flowering: Queensland
« Reply #740 on: August 01, 2023, 07:20:38 am »
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Jabotikaba is sure flowering,


Congratulations on the bloom!
Beelab, does this plant make a light colored, dark colored , or maybe somewhere in between type honey?
Form currisiouty; the name Jabotikaba, it that an aboriginal word?

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Re: What's flowering: Queensland
« Reply #741 on: August 01, 2023, 07:29:34 pm »
Apimondia is in Santiago, Chile.
Mt Jerusalem National Park borders Byron Shire on the west side.

We only have 2 Jaboticaba trees, not sure about the honey colour. They bloom 3 to 4 times per year.
The bees go crazy on them, but only in the morning.
I think Jaboticaba is a Mexican name. The fruits look like cherries, makes a strong red wine if you care to juice them and add yeast.

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Re: What's flowering: Queensland
« Reply #742 on: August 01, 2023, 08:19:43 pm »
Hi Beelab,

you will like Santiago - lovely place.
I was working there many years ago and was approached regularly by male and female students to be my " escort".

It took me a a day or two to realise that these students are offering to be tourist guides - nothing sinister there.

I booked one and he took around places i would never have found without a guide.

Jabodicaba - yes, the bees love it. Not sure if the bees bring in enough ( we have maybe 6  or so trees, very large ones) nectar to tell. The smell is amazing too when they flower.

The fruit : I like them straight off the tree. if the birds don't attack them you will have more than you can eat.

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Re: What's flowering: Queensland
« Reply #743 on: August 01, 2023, 11:37:19 pm »
Apimondia is in Santiago, Chile.
Mt Jerusalem National Park borders Byron Shire on the west side.

We only have 2 Jaboticaba trees, not sure about the honey colour. They bloom 3 to 4 times per year.
The bees go crazy on them, but only in the morning.
I think Jaboticaba is a Mexican name. The fruits look like cherries, makes a strong red wine if you care to juice them and add yeast.

Thanks Beelab..
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Re: What's flowering: Queensland
« Reply #744 on: August 03, 2023, 10:21:37 pm »
It could get warm for Apimondia
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2023-08-04/south-america-extreme-heat-mid-winter-climate-change-scientists/102678662

Looks like Climate Chage has hit South America now too

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Re: What's flowering: Queensland
« Reply #745 on: August 06, 2023, 08:58:45 pm »
I find it amazing that these so called experts never once mentioned that the volcano off on New Zealand on January 15, 2022. It was reported to have major impact on the world climate because it increased the amount moisture in the air by 10%.
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Re: What's flowering: Queensland
« Reply #746 on: August 08, 2023, 07:52:31 am »
Which volcano was this, Jim?

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Re: What's flowering: Queensland
« Reply #747 on: August 08, 2023, 07:53:38 am »
Tallowwood are still flowering realy well.

Paulownia's are out - bees love it.

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Re: What's flowering: Queensland
« Reply #749 on: August 21, 2023, 02:35:45 am »
I can?t believe the tallow keeps producing in byron hinterland. Actually getting honey from it. The tallow has been on for near 8 weeks and just comes up with new blossoms still. Never seen that before.

Max, love Santiago. Nobody wanted to be my escort yet, but had my phone stolen out of a zipped puffer jacket pocket.

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Re: What's flowering: Queensland
« Reply #750 on: August 21, 2023, 06:31:00 pm »
Sorry to hear about the phone.
I don't own a mobile - too deaf to use one.

Ask at your hotel if any students are around to give you a tour.

Chile, Argentina and Brazil are wonderful places for people who like 9 as I do) meat and red wine....and great music.

I have been lucky to have worked in all these places multiple times.

My first to Argentina was a long one as I had to fly via Sydney , Tahiti, Easter island, Santiago to Buenos!!

Enjoy your stay. Hope the conference is a worthwhile one.

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Re: What's flowering: Queensland
« Reply #751 on: August 21, 2023, 06:37:36 pm »
Some strong winds blew off a few branches of my local trees - some covered in buds.
The clover too seems to be getting enough moisture from early morning fog and the bees are, still only reluctantly, working it.

I have moved some cattle into Clover paddocks - hope they don't get too many stings :tongue:

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Re: What's flowering: Queensland
« Reply #752 on: August 29, 2023, 07:45:49 am »
I took honey off this morning...and then the first Spring storm came across - nothing major but we got 61/2 mm out of it.
The Clover will love it

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Re: What's flowering: Queensland
« Reply #753 on: September 20, 2023, 10:14:37 pm »
Spring has sprung!
We need more rain but the occasional storm and shower have kept most plants pretty happy.At the moment a lot of flowers  are out.
The Clover is doing well as are some of the groundflora - mostly weeds.The tallowwood is still doing well but without some serious rain it will ease off.The same applies to the Ironbarks.The Bluegum is having a break but is budding and under the right conditions will kick in again.The Silky Oak is out in its glory . They seem to like dry conditions. Other Grevilleas are also out. The White Cedar is in full bloom.The water lilies are flowering, the water snowflakes are also out.Minor species like native Frangipani, Brazilian Cherry,jaboticaba are also flowering.The Torelliana 's are budding. I have just noticed budburst on the Pecan nuts.
I will have to check on the waterhouses. Too early for the Brushbox to show any signs.

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Re: What's flowering: Queensland
« Reply #754 on: October 12, 2023, 02:41:24 am »
Yes, the Clover is doing brilliantly right now. It won't last ( rxcept in irrigatd areas) if we don't get some good rain.

The tallowwodd is still flowering and the Blur Gum has picked up again.

Black berries are in full bloom. They seem to grow here in lower, moisture areas and are not affected by the long dry.

The Silky Oaks are in full bloom - they are dripping with nectar but i did not see a singlke bee working them
( Silky Oak is a Grevillea - not an Oak :wink:)

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Re: What's flowering: Queensland
« Reply #755 on: October 16, 2023, 10:55:58 pm »
With this extended dry...I'm waiting for the flow to simply stop but trees seem to panick and keep producing flowers in the hope to produce seed and continue to exist.

If you look closely, and as beekeepers our bees depend on our observations, you can see how nature works...there is a plan.



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Re: What's flowering: Queensland
« Reply #756 on: October 26, 2023, 05:48:10 pm »
The clover is still producing.
One of the farmers appears to have sprayed out one paddock which had a lot of clover. I have no idea what the rationale is for this?
It is bone dry here and he would not get a good germination if he would seed now.
Black Beans are flowering in the rainforest gullies. The Waterhousias are opening up along the ( near dry) Mary River.

Rain is getting urgent.

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Re: What's flowering: Queensland
« Reply #757 on: November 04, 2023, 06:31:31 pm »
While we are waiting for rain....the jacarandas are flowering and the bees are " going mad" on them.
So I'm told

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Re: What's flowering: Queensland
« Reply #758 on: November 08, 2023, 11:56:22 pm »
I made up a few more nuc's at one of my yards and was surprised to see some green grass.

Looks like some areas close to me had a bit more rain then we had .

We had a good season so far but the flow has eased.

This rain will give the clover another little kick along.

The next couple of months are often the best - we can hope for some Ironbark to flower, maybe even some Brushbox. I have to check back to see when the Brushbox did well.

The waterhousias are flowering in parts...

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Re: What's flowering: Queensland
« Reply #759 on: December 03, 2023, 12:02:45 am »
It has been very hot here and finally we have been lucky to receive some rain.
As I hoped, the BrushBox is flowering.

The car park at the venue were we had our market stall last Saturday was lined with BrushBox and the trees, even quite young ones, had buds and flowers.
In the same area i also found flowering Lilly Pillies..

The flow is still on - working in the heat is not my idea of fun but the coming week looks a little more comfortable .

We had the opportunity to take honey off on two days last week.
On we go
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