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Re: What's flowering: Queensland
« Reply #140 on: December 28, 2018, 04:37:16 pm »
Monkey Pod Vine - http://www.saveourwaterwaysnow.com.au/01_cms/details_pop.asp?ID=292
It is not a very attractive vine but grows all along the Mary River. Bees go for it. It flowers for many months.
It looks like bees are getting mostly nectar from it.

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Re: What's flowering: Queensland
« Reply #141 on: December 30, 2018, 03:34:29 am »
Have a heap of Murraya paniculata flowering after all the rain we had and the bees are all over it like a rash.

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Re: What's flowering: Queensland
« Reply #142 on: December 30, 2018, 07:11:31 am »
30.12.18 - just found out what this tree is which keeps flowering - brown kurrajong - the bees seem to like it.

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« Reply #143 on: December 31, 2018, 05:55:24 pm »
1.1.19 - I went for my walk along the Mary River as I try to do on the first day of the year.
This year, thanks to the good rain we had, the grass is very tall and the weeds very lush. A bit of a job to walk around.
Peak flowering is done for the Waterhousia floribunda , the Blood woods are out - it is a tricky honey as it has a high moisture content and can ferment easily if not fully capped. We get it as a mix most years. The colour looks dark but against the light it is a dark red - very attractive. It "strings" when it is extracted.
There are acres of Thistles around too - just the common Scotch Thistles. Good pollen.
The grasses - I can't tell what they are - are full of pollen but I have not seen bees on them - maybe the protein level is too low to be of value to bees?
Lots os ground flora - the Cobblers pegs, Blue Top and many more.
There is a good cover of Sub_Tropical legumes in the orchard area. They will flower in a couple of months.
All looking quite positive here in S-E Queensland.

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Re: What's flowering: Queensland
« Reply #144 on: December 31, 2018, 09:27:29 pm »
Heard some saying the dearth has started Bris/SE QLD/N NSW. Not round the Mary?

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Re: What's flowering: Queensland
« Reply #145 on: January 01, 2019, 06:19:41 am »
I am on Sunshine Coast. Bees still very active so plenty about here at the moment. Had good rain a couple of weeks ago and are having a few showers overnight which the plants just love. High 20's to 30+ during the day so great growing weather.

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« Reply #146 on: January 02, 2019, 06:57:03 pm »
Hi Beelab, agree with Bamboo - no dart here at this stage.
We are in a rather unique location here - the Mary River just below us with some good flats and a large hill to the north - dry ridges, moist gullies and gentle slopes - all timbered and the same behind us to the South. All within 5 km or less.
The result is that trees like Brush Box can flower for an extended period due to the chaning aspect and differing elevation. Some of the area is farmed ( mostly beef) but large areas are difficult to access gullies with loads of weeds.
Some showers here today - enough to stop me doing bee work.
I changed a super yesterday -old and rotten - and the honey supper was fully capped, readdy for another harvest. If we get a brake I would like to change another super.
February can be disappointing here - too much rain or too dry and hot.
Autumn can be good but the Brisbane region does probably better.

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Re: What's flowering: Queensland
« Reply #147 on: January 03, 2019, 12:03:57 am »
dart-> dearth:)

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« Reply #148 on: January 07, 2019, 06:45:53 am »
Guess the summer dearth we had in recent years is not happening this season. I see 2 different eucalyptus flowering, just don?t know what type they are. Covered in cream colored blossoms.
Each of my colonies I have on scales adds about 2kg in weight daily.

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« Reply #149 on: January 07, 2019, 07:08:34 am »
Hi Beelab,
2 kg/day is going well. The hives must be nice and strong.
About flowering Euc's - depends where you are: could be ironbark, bloodwood, stringybark, grey gum or swamp mahogeny. Google these and see which ones they are.
All will be good but you need to watch it with bloodwood - harvest when they are fully capped or the honey will ferment on you.
Good luck with it all.

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« Reply #150 on: January 09, 2019, 12:38:25 am »
The Leopard trees are out!
We have been taking more honey off - very light - probably still some Clover in this lot mixed with Brushbox. Lovely stuff.
The weather has been far from ideal - a few showers and very humid. The SHB numbers have increased considerably - watch-out if you are in the Brisbane.Sunshine Coast area!

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« Reply #151 on: January 09, 2019, 11:07:30 pm »
Hi Max2,
Confirmed bloodwood. Learned something new. Thanks.
Honey I took yesterday is very thick, maybe no bloodwood in there yet.
The other flowering gum is still a mystery, can?t find it. Theres more and more flowers here in the NP, all cream and high up.

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« Reply #152 on: January 10, 2019, 12:13:23 am »
Hi Beelab,
assume NP stands for National park?
Which one? You may benefit from the flowering of some rainforest spp?
With Bloodwood you can often tell - if I know the location I can possible tell you which of the Bloodwoods it is. It seems a little early from Brown Bloodwood ( E. trachyphloia)
It would be interesting to find out what else is flowering.
The main forested area from my hives if a few km across the valley from me and it is a guess to identify what is flowering

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« Reply #153 on: January 10, 2019, 12:56:32 am »
That makes it harder for you with the trees a distance away. These here are all close, just too high to really see the flowers in all detail. And I don?t know anybody to educate me. Did you get my pm about location? We have big pockets of rainforest.
Years and years ago beekeepers brought a lot of hives up here, haven?t seen any in ages. Fine with me and my bees though.

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« Reply #154 on: January 11, 2019, 03:09:46 am »
We took more honey off today. The hives are really full. Not 100% what the flow is but they are busy.
I went back to the hives we took honey off on the 4. Januay - blow me away - some of the frames are about 50% capped.
I should go for a drive/walk and see what is flowering.
Most of the forest is on private property ( ex dairy land) and very steep.
I left a jar of honey on the gate and he may let me go for a walk. They have loads of cattle and may don't want a stranger disturb the mob.

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Re: What's flowering: Queensland
« Reply #155 on: January 14, 2019, 06:25:43 pm »
A while ago I mentioned a tree the bees really like.
I knew that it was not native - maybe even a potential weed.

I had a mate identify the plant and it is indeed a good bee tree...and a potential weed:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Triadica_sebifera

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Re: What's flowering: Queensland
« Reply #156 on: January 20, 2019, 05:00:57 pm »
Look at this opportunity - oh, to be young again!
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-01-21/almond-industry-booming-but-more-bees-needed/10724074
We are well positioned here in Qld to have hives readdy for this opportunity.

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« Reply #157 on: January 21, 2019, 04:26:14 am »
Yes I saw that but I think the transport costs from here to SA  and the Riverina would be prohibitive. Mind you depends what they are getting per hive. 30 odd years ago I was getting $50 per hive from the kiwifruit industry in NZ.

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« Reply #158 on: January 21, 2019, 07:48:18 am »
I know of a beekeeper in Gympie who is doing well by sending single FD hives South.
I have never tried it.

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Re: What's flowering: Queensland
« Reply #159 on: January 21, 2019, 04:12:38 pm »
Do you know what the going rate is per hive?