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    Default Sourwood Bloom?

    Anyone here in Western NC, know if the sourwood flow has started yet?
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    Sourwoods have been in flower about two weeks here in central NC.

    Elevation plays a big role as to when they flower in the mountains. I would guess that yours are not in flower yet.

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    Cool

    Sourwoods in bloom now in my neck of da woods!

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    Sourwood is starting to bloom really well from Amelia Co. VA all the way to the monutains around Martinsville, VA. at the NC state line.
    Big T

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    Bees are just starting to work the sourwood here. Just at the beginning stages of opening up. Next couple weeks should tell. Got all 12 hives ready and waiting!

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    Not yet here in lower elevations of the Smokies (2800ft). Sourwoods have flowers but they are about 7-10 days from opening I guess.

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    Just starting to bloom here in extreme western NC. From what i've seen it looks like it's going to be another great year for sourwood honey.

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    Oooh! All this chat about blooming sourwood trees in the Carolinas, makes my mouth water. I would like to BUY some [2008] sourwood honey. I have heard a lot about it and would like to try it. PM. me if you will have some for sale later this summer.
    Last edited by Oldbee; 06-25-2008 at 03:27 PM.

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    Dittos, I too would like to buy some and try it, PM me and let me know.
    Thanks, T.G.
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    Shouldn't be a problem at all fellas. I'll PM you my e-mail address and you can check back in with me around the end of July.

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    Looks like we've got about 2 more good weeks of sourwood here. How's everybody else looking?

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    hey, hate to be a wet blanket, but one thing that realy bothers me is the loose of use of "sourwood" is aplied to almost all honey sold around here. i made a batch of mead with sourwood honey out of my own hive. very mild. i
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    Sourwood was in full bloom in Iotla Valley (Franklin, NC) last week.

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    Quote Originally Posted by papa bear View Post
    hey, hate to be a wet blanket, but one thing that realy bothers me is the loose of use of "sourwood" is aplied to almost all honey sold around here. i made a batch of mead with sourwood honey out of my own hive. very mild. i
    I can agree with that... I've seen some honey that was definitely not sourwood labeled as such...... Most beeks I know(myself included) take off all honey supers and start with new at the beginning of the sourwood flow... now I know it probably isn't 100% sourwood honey. I'm not sure any honey is 100% anything. But I can guarantee that it's as close to 100% as anybodys.......

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    in lower parts of north GA its blooming, moved my hives Sunday to our place in the Mountains check one of my trees and the flower was forming I figure by end of the week it will be blooming. Hope for a good crop didn't have on last year but year before was real nice.

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    Here in Reidville SC ( Upstate) its blooming and the bumbles and honeybees are working it. It takes a while for the blooms to open up to the size where bees can work it. I dont think that at these lower elevations we get the same amount of nectar. We do have quite a few sourwood trees in the river valleys on the slopes.
    Good luck with the mountain flow!

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    I was in eastern NC on Sunday. At 3000+ft....the one's I saw weren't even starting.
    Dan www.boogerhillbee.com
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    I was up off 276 south of Asheville, up to 3500' or so on Sunday (7/7/13) and the sourwood hadn't opened, but it looked like there were more blossoms than last year. No idea if they'll all open or if the flow will be heavy. I drove back to the piedmont to pick up some hives and electric fencing and took them back up.

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    I am visiting here in NC and went to Brushy Mountain Bee Farm today. You folks here in NC sure have some pretty country!!! I don't have any sourwood trees in my neck of the woods, the wife ordered me one for Fathers Day, still waiting on it. Those trees sure are beautiful!!! I did taste some sourwood honey from Georgia that one of the sales ladies had at BM, it was very tasty!!!!!!!!!

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    I wish I had a hundred acres of sour wood trees. I just found in my sister's back yard.

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