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Offline jtcmedic

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Re: Clover in full bloom, not one bee
« Reply #40 on: March 30, 2021, 05:50:49 pm »
Jim, try Wisteria it provides good forage for your bees, grows well and easily maintained. mine is alive with swarms of bees every year. The 1st bloom is just about over. depending on weather conditions,  some years it blooms twice although not as hard the second round.
my wife loves our wisteria but I never see bees on it just the bumble hit it a lot

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Re: Clover in full bloom, not one bee
« Reply #41 on: April 07, 2021, 07:59:39 pm »
Clover is in full bloom and there are no bees  of any kind on it. The yard smells of heavy clover. I thought that the smell would come from the nectar.
What going on?

From book Honey Farming by R.O.B. Manley

"About mid-June the White Clover will begin to yield nectar when the weather
is suitable, but this plant, though about the most important of all honey
yielders when the weather suits it, is not as reliable a source as one could
wish. In really hot weather when there is some moisture in the soil, I have
known honey to come pouring in from the White Clover in almost unbelievable
quantities. I have known a good colony store over 100 lbs. in a week?and I
have seen thousands of acres of pasture literally white with it and never a
bee so much as looking at it."

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Re: Clover in full bloom, not one bee
« Reply #42 on: April 07, 2021, 10:51:13 pm »
Rothbart,
That sounds like what is going on here.
Jim Altmiller