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09-22-2005, 02:42 AM
Goldenrod just showing color Havana Fl. 9-22.

03-14-2006, 07:06 AM
34210 Bradenton fl
Citrus is blooming here now. Actually my keylime and lemon trees have been blooming for about a week but the smell of orange blossom is almost overpowering the last few days.

02-21-2007, 05:35 AM
Went through my notes.

Wimauma Fl 33598

Wild oranges 01/07/07

Myers Lemon 01/07/07

Persian Lime 01/07/07

White Oak 01/04/07

Brazillian Pepper trees bloomed sometime in October or November but I didn't write it down.

03-12-2007, 09:39 PM
1. Name - Troy Dere
2. Zip Code - 32820
3. Bloom Date - 12/07/06
4. Plant - (Soft?) Maple Tree
5. Confidence interval - I found the tree on 12/26 already had seed pods on it, so I figure it had to have been in bloom about 2-3 weeks earlier. I missed the bloom as it was so early I wasn’t even looking for it.

1. Name - Troy Dere
2. Zip Code - 32826
3. Bloom Date – 01/15/07
4. Plant – Viburnum Shrub Here is a URL to an image of something that looks very close. http://www.rampantscotland.com/colour/graphics/viburnum_bn02747a.jpg
5. Confidence interval – The blooms are about done now though I did see a bee working it last week. 3/5/07 So it is in bloom for almost two months.

1. Name - Troy Dere
2. Zip Code - 32820
3. Bloom Date – 2/13/07
4. Plant – Orange Blossom
5. Confidence interval – I found some trees with blooms on them already. It surprised me as this is a bit early. I talked to others on beesource and discovered that the weak trees bloom a week or two earlier than healthy ones. So I’d call mid-feb early bloom. Main bloom is about 1 March for 4 weeks.

1. Name - Troy Dere
2. Zip Code - 32817
3. Bloom Date – 3/11/07
4. Plant – China Berry here is a URL to the plant. Click on the Flower link to see a close up of the flowers. http://texnat.tamu.edu/CMPLANTS/toxic/plants/chinaberry.html
5. Confidence interval – I saw the plant in bloom yesterday. I’ve been watching this one and so I know it was not in bloom a week earlier.

1. Name - Troy Dere
2. Zip Code - 32817
3. Bloom Date – 3/12/07
4. Plant – Palm Bloom Here is a link to a picture that looks just like the one I saw today. http://ourworld.compuserve.com/homepages/Beekeeping/flowers.htm The Palm Blossom is at the bottom of the page.
5. Confidence interval – It was not in bloom yesterday, so today was the day it opened for sure.

12-11-2007, 08:15 AM
I saw both dandelion's and clover in bloom yesterday. In fact about half the dandelions had gone to seed head already - so I think you could put the main bloom date at least a week earlier than yesterday.

12/3/2007 Dandelions in bloom (in an untidy mowed lawn area)
12/10/2007 White Dutch Clover in bloom (in an untidy mowed lawn area)

These were found in Orlando Florida Zip Code 32826

P.S. It just does not seem right for spring flowers before the new year begins does it? The weather is forecast for 82 and sunny today though - hard to argue with that.

03-04-2011, 08:26 PM
3\1\11 orange blossom
Titusville/Mims Florida 32780

04-26-2011, 09:07 AM
32535 (northern Escambia County, Florida panhandle)

gall berry (Illex glabra)


04-29-2011, 06:12 PM
Saw Pametto and Gall Berry around 32129 FL.

06-22-2011, 07:08 PM
Port Orange, Florida
Cabbage Palms in full bloom

09-08-2011, 02:11 PM
Florida 32780
9\8\2011 blooms are just starting to form.
Pepper tree.
I put pollen on the hive today. Hope to build the hive when the flowers open. This honey is used to feed the bees over the winter. I will not harvest the honey till the end of Jan.2012. Thatís when we get the Maple bloom. Thanks to fish-stix for the information and direction.

01-12-2012, 02:48 PM
Daytona Beach Fl. 32129 zip, The warm weather has the maples starting to bud and bloom. Just spotted the top of 4 maples that the buds have burst open on. The season is starting, here we go again !!!!

04-04-2012, 11:04 PM
Weeping yaupon ( Ilex vomitoria )
Blooming with bees all over it

04-12-2012, 07:34 PM
Just a little here and there

04-27-2012, 08:46 PM
Gallberry started blooming about April 20th. Blackberrys started about a month early this year in early March but are still going strong.


06-23-2012, 05:02 PM
32129 Port Orange Fl. The Cabbage Palm is just starting to bloom and there is a sweet smell coming out of the hives. Oh Yeah !!!

06-28-2012, 08:54 PM
Cabbage palm starting. Black mangrove has been blooming for 3 weeks. Coconut palms started this week.Red mangrove ready to pop any day.Phoenix sylvesterus palms started this week.34242 sarasota florida

Nature Coast beek
01-20-2013, 01:22 PM
Citrus County, Florida, zone 9a

Weather has been very warm, 80 F highs with lows in 40's at night. "Cold snap" moving in this week (highs below 60 F and lows in high 30 F).

Pollen of all sorts has been pouring in since winter solstice.

Pine scrub: Rusty Lyonia is starting and bees working it hard today.

Backyard: Persian lime is just about done and bloomed out, bees done and moved on. Lemon flower buds still in developing stages.

Nature Coast beek
04-09-2013, 04:41 AM
Citrus County, Florida, 34446

Backyards: Bottle Brush still going (started mid March, early), ligustrum still going (about 3 weeks now), Magnolia starting

Pine scrub: Saw palmetto starting, 80's forecast, lows high 50's...should be a good, long flow if we get some rains, Paw paw blooming

04-16-2013, 08:13 PM
04/16 Port Orange FL, 32127
Saw Palmetto just starting

Nature Coast beek
04-24-2013, 01:08 PM
4/24 Florida, 34446
Recent mild wet spell with some lower temps (highs in low 70's) really has made a difference.

Pine scrub: Saw palmetto flow is really starting to cook here. Many other wild flowers are starting to turn on; some early partridge pea is now starting to bloom

Backyards & landscapes: Magnolias have good blooms. Some bottle brush continues. I have seen the bees working various holly trees and shrubs.

Nature Coast beek
08-13-2013, 06:45 AM
Citrus county, FL....34448

Winged sumac and partridge pea now in full bloom.

Nature Coast beek
08-20-2013, 09:33 AM
34448, Citrus County florida

Skunk vine in full bloom

09-26-2013, 08:38 PM
32780 centrel Florida. Pepper tree opened up yesterday. Its our last blooom of the year. I use it to keep the bees fed till the orange blossom comes. Realy good honey not real sweet. It makes great creamed honey.

11-23-2013, 01:11 PM
November 15 (and still going)
Mexican Clover
West Palm Beach, FL 33411

12-09-2013, 07:19 PM
Dec 9, 2013 - My Graham mango tree has a few flowers blooming. None of my 30+ other mango trees have flowers right now. Mexican Clover still blooming.

12-30-2013, 09:20 PM
The Navel orange tree out back is loaded with blooms, mostly un opened, but noticed some happy bees on the ones that were open. Temps here 50s (L) 70s (H) also lowquat has been blooming for about 2 weeks. 33542 central Fl

04-09-2014, 01:20 PM
Gallberry the tall version. Jacksonville, Florida. 32210 Our main flow comes from Gallberry so its game time now!!

01-17-2015, 12:52 AM
Sarasota FL 34237
Bees have been bringing in pollen all winter..... Amounts increased about a week ago.
Citrus is starting to bloom

02-18-2015, 11:22 AM
32567 North west Floria
Maples are in full bloom

04-23-2015, 06:04 PM
Gainesville, FL

Gallberry and Saw Palmetto

06-20-2015, 06:33 AM
Melbourne, FL 32903
6/1/15 Cabbage Palm

07-03-2015, 03:56 PM
I don't know what it is but my bees are bringing in huge amounts of white pollen. I thought the cabbage palm was almost done, but maybe the recent rains have recharged the batteries.
The only other thing we have in the area that blooms right about now is mangrove, but it's a little early.
Anybody else in Central Florida notice this? Is it possible that recent increase in rainfall is the cause?

02-04-2016, 06:29 PM
What is needed:

•zip code, city or county
•date when the plant first bloomed
•name of the plant
•comments - example: if it was the end of the bloom just add that to the comments

02-07-2016, 05:53 AM
Longan and avocado trees have started blooming about a week ago (Feb 1st) in homestead, 33031

02-23-2016, 08:51 AM
Indian River County (32967)
First Real Bloom started on our Groves 2/23
Temple Orange
They've been blooming for a few weeks now but nectar-less blooms, the girls have been able to get pollen off them but no flow. Todays grove walk showed they are finally blooming, probably at about 25%. Honeybells don't even have buds yet though. What a weird wet winter.

06-12-2016, 08:16 PM
Sabal / Cabbage Palm blooming in the southern half of FL. I can post pics later. I'm in 34119, but took the pics in Melbourne area.

Hoping for a good flow as my new bees need it.

Beekeeper John
09-22-2016, 04:16 PM
does anybody know how good the flow is for goldenrod and Spanish needle in fort McCoy, Florida? just moved my bees up here this summer from Tampa, Florida. thanks 9/22/ 2016 zip 32134

09-23-2016, 08:40 AM
does anybody know how good the flow is for goldenrod and Spanish needle in fort McCoy, Florida? just moved my bees up here this summer from Tampa, Florida. thanks 9/22/ 2016 zip 32134
Spanish needle should be good, I have a ton of it around here right now. Not sure on the goldenrod. We don't seem to have any of it down here, too far south.

If you have Brazilian Pepper it's in full swing right now, should be a great last hoorah for the year until spring.

01-20-2017, 05:36 AM
Baker, Florida 19 January 2017

Silver Maple. Bees all over it. Seems a little early to me.

04-15-2018, 10:16 AM
34433, Citrus County, Zone 9a

From my notes, I only recorded dates that I first saw bees foraging on each source:

Garberia (Garberia heterophylla), 11-8-2017: Major nectar source last November.

Rusty Lyonia, (Lyonia ferruginea), 2-18-18: The last two years it bloomed in late January.

White sweet clover (Melilotus albus), 3-04-18

Wild Olive (Osmanthus americanus), 3-18-18

Blackberry, 4-05-18: Bloomed earlier, but this was the first day I noticed bees on it.

Gallberry, 4-14-18: Not sure if this is the tall or short variety. Lots of blooms forming on these.

Palmetto: Any day now :)

06-07-2019, 08:20 AM
West pasco county fl, lilac blooming.

06-17-2019, 11:08 AM
Pasco fl Crepe myrtle blooming

06-18-2019, 07:21 AM
Inaccurate information on plant.

06-18-2019, 07:22 AM
Admin please delete me lilac post and the other post only the myrtle is accurate.

06-18-2019, 11:50 AM
Cabbage palms blooming in pasco, hernando and citrus county.

01-03-2020, 10:32 AM
west pasco, Calliandra haematocephala blooming