February 7, 2010
saw a wild purple vetch bloom at the mail box today.
wild mustard I've seen for the last couple weeks here and there.
wild radish I've noticed out today here and there
some kind of creeping ground cover with purple blooms, don't know what it is, but seems to be some kind of flowerbed type plant around my propane tank that is in the shade all day.
February 7, 2010
Red Bud (flowering quince) blooms opening and buzzing with bees, is a very good early bloom that bees love.
Wild mustard and radish here also
20+ years, raise my own queens, feed when needed, I treat but have not perfected varroa management yet.
Ceonothus (California Lilac); the white/pink variety. Many of the chaparral hills in this area look like they're dusted with snow, the bloom is so heavy.
Eriobotrya japonica 'macbeth' loquat tree
Well, it's not 2010 anymore, but...
Date: 1/22/2011 (rough approx.)
Comment: The Acacia trees are starting to come on strong, but only a few are close to being in full bloom.
"Experience is that which enables us to recognize our mistakes - the next time we make them."
95684 Somerset, CA Elevation of 2450ft.
There are about 10 huge plants on a south facing slope that started blooming yesterday and this is about 4-5 weeks early for us. The buds on the north facing side and ones in the shade are still tightly closed but my bees are going crazy for the open ones today as the high is supposed to be close to 60 deg and the low last night was 28 deg. I haven't seen any evidence of other Manzanita in the area blooming yet but I haven't really looked either.
Last edited by JMat; 01-08-2013 at 01:58 PM.
Redwood City, CA. Eucalyptus is blooming, and Acacia is almost there. Lots of mustard as well.
Riverside County CA
Just got the first blooms on my lemon tree, Still has fruit on it from last season. Bees are strongly working Rosemary and one Eucalyptus tree that just bloomed. Many more Eucalyptus ready to pop open. Nights are down to about 33-35 F with one night dropping to 27F. Days warm to mid 50's but today warmer at 67F. Last month (Dec) bees were working pollen on a Loquat tree. Rain here two weeks ago, hillsides now sprouting grasses.
3/3/2013 finally started detailed gardening.
Socal Diamond Bar CA 91765 Hardiness zone 10A
Daffodils already flowered
moro blood orange tree is starting to bud
orange tree is starting to bud
lemon tree has flowers here and there
rosemary has been flowering on and off
peach tree is beginning to bud
green guava is flowering on the top canopy
aloe vera is shooting up stalks with flowers that will bloom soon
Loquat is beginning to bear green unripe fruit the size of my thumb
apricot tree is blooming
Lavender dentata (french lavender) flowering/flowered
I have 4 other plants/trees i do not know of the names but they are flowering
(if i post pictures can you guys help ID them for me?)
Today has been a wonderful day, i opened up my hive for inspection and after i remove the lid and set it aside, i see my queen run around the top of the frames and crawled onto my hive tool. 1st month into bee keeping and first time i saw my queen since i got my hive.
Last edited by Ajenliang; 03-03-2013 at 04:37 PM. Reason: forgot to add zone and location
91311 Santa Susana Pass between Simi Valley and Chatsworth, California
15 May, 2013
Blooms just open and still in the white - no pink nor rust yet. VERY few bees.
93023 Ojai, California
Sage has been extermely poor this year as last year - perhaps due to no rain before the bloom date?
Black Mustard has been going strong for 6 weeks, and should continue through fall.
Matilija Poppy is out last 2 weeks and should continue through June.
Many asters sp. in bloom - VERY FEW bees on them.
California Pepper Trees just opening now - LOTS of bees going berzerk on them.
Golden Oak trees in bloom - some attention from bees
some poison oak already in bloom (very early) and the bees are loving it.
93023 Ojai, California
California poppies opened yesterday, plenty of bees
Lupine open with bees
Organ pipe cactus had 2 flowers and 27 bees "discussing" who's turn it was at 6:30 am this morning!
(I think they really like it!)
Persimmon opened up today
Bottlebrush has been in bloom for at least a week, the bees are all over it with bigger loads on their pollen baskets than I have ever seen.
Laurel sumac should bloom tomorrow. Bees are on it early.
Last edited by kilocharlie; 05-20-2013 at 10:52 AM.
Diamond Bar Ca 91765
Green apple guava is blooming
Rosemary is actively blooming again
Lavender dentata, madrid spanish, and angustifolia
blackberry already having fruit turning reddish black
Pink jasmine and honey suckle blooming
lastly stargazer lily is opening
Beets (intentionally left to bloom) and corn is blooming