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    Re: beautyberry? (central Texas)

    Thank you for the confirmation.
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    Re: beautyberry? (central Texas)

    I'm wondering if it is callicarpa acuminata, Mexican beautyberry instead of callicarpa americana. I planted it in the shade of a hackberry which had to be cut down later. I expected it to overheat...
  3. Drone genetics for expansion model beekeeping

    Questions for Solomon Parker and others doing Expansion Model Beekeeping:
    1. Do you have any control over the genetics contributed to your stock by the drones your queens mated with?
    2. Do you...
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    beautyberry? (central Texas)

    I thought this was callicarpa americana when I bought it (brilliant purple berries) but now have my doubts. It is 9-10 feet tall and much more tolerant of full sun than expected. The leaves are...
  5. Re: What bushes flower in the dead of winter in the South that bees love?

    In central Texas rosemary is the most reliable bloom after a freeze in the years with a "winter." Sweet olive (osmanthus fragrans?) is also pretty good in Nov-Feb.

    The last plants in bloom until...
  6. Inspections - digital camera can help compensate for lack of experience

    I've found two things extremely helpful in learning to do hive inspections. First, a local master beekeeper who generously came to my yard when I asked for help. More recently I realized that I...
  7. Re: Anyone know what this flower is .......Texas unmowed area? Bees are working it.

    It looks like "fall obedient plant," physostegia virginiana. In my yard it is not obedient (spreads like crazy) and blooms in spring as well as fall. See...
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    Re: Ask Questions Here!

    Thanks. I was thinking of the liquid, not a gel.

    This is a purchased nuc I just hived a couple weeks ago. I see the bees bringing back lots of pollen, but they can also empty about a gallon of...
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    Re: Ask Questions Here!

    Hello Solomon,
    On your website you have a photo of syrup that is green colored and a statement that you dye it to make sure you only sell honey, never stored syrup. That makes sense to me. What do...
  10. Re: Question about bee behavior after hiving nuc in horizontal Lang

    Thank you both. I will not rush out to do a full inspection now or tomorrow. Dan, the bees came on frames with foundation and I have foundationless frames for them to expand. The entire box is big...
  11. Question about bee behavior after hiving nuc in horizontal Lang

    Hello All,
    I moved a nuc into a hive Saturday morning while the weather was cool & sunny. This was my first time to handle bees so I suited up and used a smoker. The bees were so easy to transfer...
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    Re: How much ventilation for a HOT climate?

    Thanks to everyone for sharing your experiences. I'm impressed by the variety of approaches being used successfully. My guess is that raising the hive out of the skunk's reach will expose it more...
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    How much ventilation for a HOT climate?

    Hello all,
    I'm building my first hive for locally-sourced bees that will be available in April. The weather here is usually great, and I see (wild?) bees in my yard almost every day of the year. I...
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