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    Did I hear TEXAS? Well TEXAS is not just a large state. It is a large state of mind. Even with the illegal alien known now as "immigrants" and even with millons of yankees streaming here over the last 40 years due to, the lack of freedom, high taxes, gun control,and general intervention into our lives by goverments that have killed many of the jobs in the north and the widespread use of air conditioning which allows softer people to live in our challenging climate. TEXAS has managed to stay the largest state despite what is obvious to the geography student. This is a state where we feel free, where we question authority, where we were once a free sovereign country, where we fight for freedom and stand tall for what we think is right until we are proved wrong. A place where we still have some property rights, a place where we can take a joke, a place where you can walk down the street and look others in the eye and say good morning and not be afraid that they will kill you. A place where kids can grow up proud of their lives and abilities. I must stop I just feel it. TEXAS Is not a lot of things but TEXAS IS STILL THE LARGEST Got to go rob bees now hope Mr. Cooper my high school english teacher does not find this!!!! Also we have the best food on the planet In Houston TEXAS. Also the smartest and best looking women in the world. The list goes on and on

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    blo,blo,blo,blo,where's the seed's?

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    T.A. the bees like the vitex very well. the stuff blooms all sumer till the first frost. once it get started i don't think you can kill it because i mowed some down by mistake and it came back the next year. you can let it grow into a bush or trim it to grow like a tree. i have mine like hedges.the bumble bees sure do like it also.

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    Mark,
    Globe or Blue thistle is not the same as Russian.

    Put on the heavest leather gloves you can find and grab any thistle, if it feels like you just grabed a cholla bare handed, it's Russian.

    The most distingushing characteristic of the russian thistle is the spiney stock that appears flat sided with long and very very sharp thorns.

    Once it takes over an area, nothing can enter it's parimeter.

    We annualy walk our entire property during June and July with shovels and dig them up befor they go to seed. Ours will grow six feet easily. They will grow over the Blue stem and produce a beautiful purple flower with a yellow center that gives away it's position.

    It is the scurge of every cattle rancher or farmer, and has no redeeming value at all.

    Bill

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    >It...has no redeeming value at all.

    But you just said it has a beautiful purple flower? I think they are very majestic looking also. I walk my property killing them too.


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    I have not seen Russina thistle in person, but what I have heard here and read on the net, I don't think I would want to introduce it here in northern Minnesota.

    Looking for good bee pasture plants, not aggresive and invasive ones.

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    I will have vitex seeds, Texas aster that blooms in Fall, buttonbush, carolina buckthorn, white prickly poppy (very good pollen source but kind of weedy looking), lemon mint, and hopefully some catnip seeds (the bees just love it), and I should have plenty of borage because it really did well here.

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    Hey Dragonfly. I'm over in Greenville, TX. I'm working on my place to increase bee forage. I'd like to get some of your seed sometime. I've been harvesting blanket flower seed from the roadside and some coreopsis. I also planted some black oil sunflowers from birdseed. They all sprouted, but I don't know what I'll get for flowers.

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    Ross... I plant black oiled sunflowers each year up here in Minnesota. They grow about three feet tall. The blooms are about 5-8 inches across, somethings more. The bees just love them... most I think for the pollen, however I have watched collect some nectar.

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    Ross, I won't be collecting most of the seed until after first frost, because some of these plants will be blooming up until then, but I'll be glad to send you some. Also, I have wild mint that grows in the creek bed that will have lots of seed, and you are welcome to some, but mint is really difficult to start from seed.

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    TAWoods: the seed's are on there way.>>>>>Mark

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    A great bee plant is chickory. You see it growing beside the road around here. Bright blue flowers, tall stalks. Also makes good "coffee". Sometimes called "sailors cap" because of the color.

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    Mark...Great! I look forward to them. I will let you know. Thanks

    Michael...are you upto sending Chicory seed? I meant to gather some last year when I was down in northern Illinois. Let me know. Thanks

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    I know where some grows near here, but I don't know when it goes to seed. I'll try to go by now and then and check on it. Acutally I'd love to plant some here at my place. The ones I know of are about 8 miles north of me.

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    Just got done reading about Bluegum (eucalyptus)that grow's in Ca.reading it in the 36th edition of the abc&xyz book,It was talking about what a good shade it is & a honey producer it is also goes on to say it is the fastest growing tree in the world.Man that's what I need(L.O.L)does any of you out in Ca. have any dealing with it?>>>>>>Mark

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    Chicory grows like dandelions here. I'll have to check it out for you guys and see when and how it seeds. Save you some trouble , Michael.
    Denise

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    Mark W. the eucalyptus trees I saw in California weren't very pretty. They are weird, cuz they keep their leaves and shed their bark! They look like a truck ran into them and are real trashy with shards of bark hanging.

    I understand that euclyptus is a big honey producer in Australia but I have no idea if "blue gum" is any different than the common variety I saw. They get huge and are in the median of a lot of the roads in the Nappa Valley. I think Tupilo would be a lot prettier tree that grows quite fast and gives off good honey.



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    Thank's Lincoln for the come back,I did'nt know. as I said I just read about it .also is the Tupilo a type of eucalyptus tree? thank's again.>>>>>Mark

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    Where I grew up on the California coast there were hundreds of acres of Eucalyptus.The big bee outfits would bring in thousands of hives for the bloom and lots of honey(dark) was produced.
    Where I am now there are patches of chicory.It only blooms in the morning or on cloudy days.I think its one of the prettiest wildflowers around.The bees work it some.

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    The best overall honey plant in my opinion is white sweet clover.You can get the seed from Kelley and beekeepers have been accused of sneakily throwing it along the roadside ,along railroad tracks etc.It is a very good flavored honey and bees love it.

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