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Re: What's flowering: Queensland
« Reply #420 on: December 19, 2019, 07:13:20 am »
Hi Mark,
yes, good to be home.
All brown here too. But others are in an even worse situation. Not a good time to run out of water:)
Enjoy your time and Sydney - been a while since we lived there - 1974.
All the best for Christmas and lets hope we get a decent wet season to get things to normal.
Beekeeping is more fun with flowers.
all the best
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Re: What's flowering: Queensland
« Reply #421 on: December 23, 2019, 04:44:54 pm »
I had a look at some hives and there is definitely a flow on . You can also smell the honey in the afternoon. The hills are a little far away but I can see trees flowering - most Likley Ironbark. I guess E. crebra. The nectar from this tree can varii a lot but it is a great provider of pollen and I definitely see a lot of pollen in the hives.
Showers predicted - up to 40 mm - for the next couple of days and I do hope we don't miss out again.

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Re: What's flowering: Queensland
« Reply #422 on: December 23, 2019, 04:47:21 pm »

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Re: What's flowering: Queensland
« Reply #423 on: December 25, 2019, 03:33:52 am »
I see when traveling down to the coast that the Golden Penda is in flower.
Not much around home with the bees holding their own but that's all.
The rain as usual is only been part of what was forecasted but better than nothing.  Hoping it provided enough moisture for any flowering trees to produce nectar.

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Re: What's flowering: Queensland
« Reply #424 on: December 28, 2019, 05:51:59 pm »
We are taking honey off at the moment. No doubt the Waterhousia contributed to the yield ( we are avearging about 14kg/hive) but I'm pretty sure that the narrow Leaved ironbark is flowering. It is near impossible to go and check as the trees are on a steep hill across a large property.
Any locals know?

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« Reply #425 on: January 02, 2020, 04:06:38 am »
We have been taking some honey off over the last few days.
Some of the hives were full to the brim.
This is rather surprising as it has been very dry here for far too long.
Another thing I noticed: fewer SHB then last time I had a check and there is a lot of pollen - a huge amount. Again a sign of Ironbark - me thinks.

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Re: What's flowering: Queensland
« Reply #426 on: January 03, 2020, 05:49:14 pm »
4. Jan - The jaboticabas are flowering. A little rain 10 days ago and they are out again. Amazing trees.

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Re: What's flowering: Queensland
« Reply #427 on: January 03, 2020, 06:00:41 pm »
I see the Ivory Curls (Buckinghamia Celsissima) are starting to flower along the streets of Landsborough.
Max, pleased that you are starting to see some honey flow.  None here (Montville) but probably need to be patient.

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Re: What's flowering: Queensland
« Reply #428 on: January 03, 2020, 06:18:05 pm »
As said a few days ago I think it is the Ironbark ( E. crebra). I can't get close enough to make sure but the combination of a honey flow ( we took off close to 400kg in the last week) and the amount of pollen I find in the hives points to this.
I will be making some more nuc's this coming week. Late, I know but with the flow on it should work out.
I have people waiting...

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Re: What's flowering: Queensland
« Reply #429 on: January 06, 2020, 04:23:31 pm »
6. Januaray - the Gympie Messmate ( E . cloeziana ) is flowering. Can't find much bee/honey info about this tree.

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Re: What's flowering: Queensland
« Reply #430 on: January 07, 2020, 07:45:21 pm »
Spoke to a beekeeper yesterday and he thinks that it is the Bloodwood flowering, nit the Ironbark
Confusing - the honey does not look or taste like Blood wood honey.

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Re: What's flowering: Queensland
« Reply #431 on: January 08, 2020, 12:25:21 am »
Out checking on some hives today at the southern end of the Gold Coast and noticed that there is quiet a lot of Bloodwood flowering. Bit early to tell if the bees are getting any nectar from them.

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Re: What's flowering: Queensland
« Reply #432 on: January 08, 2020, 07:33:38 am »
I live in the States, but I have begun something new, because as a new beekeeper, I have not the slightest idea what flowering plants is coming next. (Loropetalum right now) So in my work calendar book I am beginning to write down each plant I see blooming on the day I see it. What I wonder about is all the major flow plants with inconspicuous blooms I never see.

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Re: What's flowering: Queensland
« Reply #433 on: January 08, 2020, 04:34:24 pm »
Hi Bob,
this is what i do here. Hopefully it is of some use to others as well but basically it allows me to check what was flowering a year, two years ago.
Why not start a forum " What is flowering in Georgia"?

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« Reply #434 on: January 08, 2020, 05:16:48 pm »
Max. I do believe I will. Perhaps a new thread in a more appropriate forum spot. Thanks.

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Re: What's flowering: Queensland
« Reply #435 on: January 10, 2020, 05:04:14 pm »
They teel us that we should get some rain in the next few days. We hope!
This long dry has quite an impact here.
There is not ground flora flowering. Weeds our bees depend on to some degree are dry as a bone.
Even our native trees are suffering: in front of the house I have a dead leptosprmum. Up the road the Red Cedar is dying, the banksias are dead, Eucalypts on the ridges acros the dry river are struggling.
The Pecan Nuts on the river flat are doing well. The Rain Trees too are bright green. The Rain Tree is seen as a weed here.
This is a new situation and it will be interesting how nature responds after rain.

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Re: What's flowering: Queensland
« Reply #436 on: January 11, 2020, 05:33:57 pm »
Blood wood is flowering down the coast!
...and we had 11.5 mm of rain lasy night. It is a start!

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Re: What's flowering: Queensland
« Reply #437 on: January 14, 2020, 04:25:27 pm »
15. Jan 2020 - the wind blew some small branches of some tall gums - the Blu Gum is just starting to bud. Promising!
Blue Gum can flower for months in a good year usually starting mid winter and flowering well into Spring. In an avearge year we get some honey off them. Hope!

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Re: What's flowering: Queensland
« Reply #438 on: January 16, 2020, 07:23:21 pm »
17. 1.2020 - the Leopard Trees are out! last year they started to flower on the 8. jan

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Re: What's flowering: Queensland
« Reply #439 on: January 17, 2020, 06:36:03 am »
I think the hickory wattle just started here in the last 3 days

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