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Re: Forage , what's flowering in your area?

PostPosted:10 Mar 2019, 01:18
by MickBBKA
Daffs out, snowdrops finished, crocus almost finished, prunis killed by frost, gale force wind and rain this week and snow today, blackthorn about halfway, hazel and alder finished, tulips just appearing.
Colonies all blitzing their way through fondant and pollen subs even though some still heft OK, some are quite light but 2 I can't even lift. Looking at those they could do with a super now as every seam is packed with bees and had 6 frames of brood 2 weeks ago which I don't usually see until April / May.

My 8th year keeping bees and I have still never had 2 springs the same.

Cheers, Mick.

Re: Forage , what's flowering in your area?

PostPosted:13 Mar 2019, 20:25
by Chrisbarlow
I have some a small peach tree in the garden in blossom at the moment and I have a dennistons superb plum tree that also looks like its going to be in flower shortly.

Re: Forage , what's flowering in your area?

PostPosted:16 Mar 2019, 10:43
by Chrisbarlow
yep, the plum trees in the gardens are bursting with bud now. i need to bring a nuc back home to make sure I get a good set.

Re: Forage , what's flowering in your area?

PostPosted:21 Mar 2019, 18:43
by Chrisbarlow
the OSR looks like its starting to flower, only a month early.

Re: Forage , what's flowering in your area?

PostPosted:21 Mar 2019, 20:56
by Cable_Fairy
Most of my girls are flying North East and coming back with fluorescent yellow pollen, I cant see anything in the valley which is remotely yellow so maybe they are going over the hill to the north.

Re: Forage , what's flowering in your area?

PostPosted:21 Mar 2019, 23:00
by MickBBKA
Mine are working pussy willow, some hazel which has been delayed, Ivy and primrose at the moment, hazel is bright yellow.

Cheers, Mick.

Re: Forage , what's flowering in your area?

PostPosted:22 Mar 2019, 20:39
by Chrisbarlow
and I am starting to see more and more dandelions along road sides.

Re: Forage , what's flowering in your area?

PostPosted:27 Mar 2019, 22:44
by Chrisbarlow
I have finally seen a primrose in the garden, but it nots quite in flower but its got flower buds on. I have seen an aweful lot of hazel in flower today along a canal banking in Dewsbury. I just kept thinking its a shame I dont have any hives round here.

Re: Forage , what's flowering in your area?

PostPosted:28 Mar 2019, 09:13
by DianeBees
Dandelions flowering, loads of blossom out round and about, including plum tree on the allotment and damson tree in my garden (the sheltered one, the other is yet to start!)

Re: Forage , what's flowering in your area?

PostPosted:31 Mar 2019, 20:55
by Chrisbarlow
Wild cherry seems to be starting to flower. Although temps have dropped today to about 10°c and this is forecast for next fortnight, so I hope the bees will be able to work it