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  1. Thread: Bush ID?

    by Walliebee
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    Re: Bush ID?

    Looks like Spicebush (Lindera benzoin) to me.
  2. Re: Yoshino or Kwanzan Cherry better for bees?

    The Yoshino's are the way to go here if you are looking to attract pollinator's. They produce pollen and nectar.

    The Kwanzan Cherry is grown only for it's numerous showy flowers. It does not...
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    Re: Scarifying goldenrod and aster seed.

    Scarification is not needed for these seeds.

    Assuming that all the seeds are viable (unlikely in these species), you can expect a 40-50% germination rate by doing nothing and planting in...
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    Re: What happened to my bees?

    It seems they ate all the honey, and starved to death. When was the last time you saw 100+ lbs of honey stored for the winter? A population that large can consume a lot of honey when they are active.
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    Re: What to do about Grasshoppers?

    CBoggs-Never had any problems with it around the bees. Because it is a naturally occuring bacteria that is host specific, it only affects the family Acrididae (grasshoppers), not Apidae (bees).
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    Re: I am so conflicted

    Herbicide effectiveness depends on 1 ) adequate plant contact; 2) absorption by plants; 3) translocation (i.e. movement) within the plants to the site of action, without deactivation; and 4) toxic...
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    Re: Please identify this wildflower for me!:-)

    It looks like Cressleaf Groundsel (Packera glabella) to me.
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    Re: Red Buckwheat

    The buckwheat's in this thread is referring to the native California buckwheats. They only grow in very specific climates mainly in Southern California, but some other areas in the SW may be able to...
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    Re: Trachelospermum Star Jasmine

    It is a common plant in the SE US, but as odfrank said, I too have never seen a bee on it. Nonetheless, it's a great plant for fragrance.
  10. Re: Bees on Corkscrew Willow this time of year?

    They would not be gathering propolis with that number of bees. It must be something sweet. I'm guessing they are getting honeydew from scale or aphids on the tree.
  11. Thread: Chinese Elm

    by Walliebee
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    Re: Chinese Elm

    Your bees will not be getting any nectar from the elm (it's wind pollinated), although the pollen is very high in protien when compared to other types of pollen, so keep feeding.

    I have never had...
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    Re: My first year

    A "good number of bees" does not give us an idea of how many. A couple of hundred, or a couple thousand? Did you see a queen? Will the bear be back? (they usually are)

    It does not sound good. My...
  13. Re: Maine Bee keep hive regression in process. Should I medicate this fall?

    You cannot determine if you need to treat by looking at how well your bees are doing now. You need to get a mite count. A 24 hour natural drop count or a powder sugar roll count will tell you if you...
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    Re: Flower Identification Please

    I agree with tsmullins. It appears to be Wingstem (Verbesina alternifolia). The Swamp Daisy or Swamp Sunflower (Helianthus angustifolius) flowers later in the season.
  15. Re: Is it possible to have too many bees heading into winter?

    Coming from your neck of the woods, it all sounds good. They will be cutting out/kicking out drones soon enough, so no need to be concerned there.

    It does sound like she is slowing down some, be...
  16. Thread: spider

    by Walliebee
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    Re: spider

    The only spider not welcome in my apairy are the Black Widows. They have a knack for wanting to build their nest under the lip of the hive covers. After having put my hand on them several times...
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    Re: Alkaline soil and goldenrod nectar

    If a plant is able to grow and set flowers on a soil (acid or alkaline), it will be able to produce nectar and then seed. Otherwise, why would be be able to grow and reproduce there in the first...
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    Re: canyon creek abelia

    Canyon Creek Abelia and Glossy Abelia are one in the same as species goes. Canyon Creek is a selected cultivar that grows more compact with bronze new growth. As nomenclature goes it would be -Abelia...
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    Re: beautyberry? (central Texas)

    Ccarter is correct. You have C. acuminata; Mexican Beautyberry or Black Beautyberry. Branches are more tomentose (fuzzy). Flowers clusters are larger and white vs the smaller pink clusters on C....
  20. Re: Mystery Plant - seed must have been in with Borage

    It's Proboscidea parviflora, commonly known as Devil's Claw or Unicorn Plant. Native to the desert SW.
  21. Re: Why can't you stop SHB by using feet that hold oil.

    ...but adults do have wings, and they fly into the hive. The larve crawl out of the hive, pupae in the soil around the hive, and hatch into adults that fly back into the hive.
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    Re: Is this goldenrod??

    It is not Yellow Rocket. That's in the Mustard Family and would have flowers with 4 petals. The plant pictured has a ray disc of petals. That puts it in the Aster Family. Packera glabella (formerly...
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    Re: Hived 2 packages Sunday evening

    Sure, I'd check the queen cages.

    Also, I have never seen honeybees working honeysuclke. I believe the flowers are too long for them to get nectar from. While there are other nectar sources out...
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    Re: What plant is this?

    It's Youngia japonica, called Youngia or Asiatic hawk’s beard. Highly invasive! You do not want to let this reseeding annual get a foothold on your property.
  25. Thread: should I cut

    by Walliebee
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    Re: should I cut

    Borage blooms best is full Sun in most places. A couple hours of shade will not deter any flowering. It will still flower with a half day of shade, but with taller plants and less flowers. Full...
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