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  1. #1
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    Default Have You Smelled It Yet?

    On Monday, August 3, I was adding some combs to strong nuclei. About noon, I thought I got a little whiff of Goldenrod. Maybe. Could have been me. By 4pm I was sure. The unmistakable sour smell of Goldenrod nectar a week early. The bloom has hardly got going yet and already the smell. Now we need some hot humid weather to turn the bloom into a flow.

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    Default Re: Have You Smelled It Yet?

    I haven't smelled it yet but Knotweed on the west coast is about to bloom soon. It's about two weeks early here.

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    Default Re: Have You Smelled It Yet?

    Nope, you're not having flashbacks MP. It's blooming around here, my hives are getting that "smelly" smell. Seems too early to me also.

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    Default Re: Have You Smelled It Yet?

    OH no hold off I don't have my supers and frames built yet and this weekend is my brothers wedding.
    Brian Cardinal
    Zone 5a, Practicing non-intervention beekeeping

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    Default Re: Have You Smelled It Yet?

    Snooze ya loose.

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    Default Re: Have You Smelled It Yet?

    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Palmer View Post
    Snooze ya loose.
    LOL don't I know it.
    Brian Cardinal
    Zone 5a, Practicing non-intervention beekeeping

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    Default Re: Have You Smelled It Yet?

    I thought I smelled it but it was my kids socks he left outside. .
    Not blooming here yet but it's getting close. That smell!!

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    Default Re: Have You Smelled It Yet?

    I've been smelling it for a few days here, north of Albany NY- with just the slightest yellow haze visible across my fields and marsh which are still pink and cream with Joe Pye weed and Boneset. Seems early to me, too, but this season has been characterized by peculiar, out of order bloom patterns.

    I know people complain about the smell - and it may vary accross the country with the many local species of goldenrod - but I really like that tangy, yeasty, sourdough-like, odor.

    Better chances for a good flow, I think, if it starts early than if the main bloom holds of until the cooler, drier weather typical of late August/early September. Nothing we can do about it, though.

    Enj.

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    Default Re: Have You Smelled It Yet?

    I still find humor in how we can define happiness, After a very wet spring and summer dearth, our hives can smell like dirty socks and we're tickled. I guess it's all in the perspective how we define the "sweet smell of success." Oh please bring some my way!

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    Default Re: Have You Smelled It Yet?

    I have a ton of Goldenrod and it is starting to bloom.

    Question: What are the chances that my bees can or will pull a 10 frame medium with just foundation during this flow?

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    Default Re: Have You Smelled It Yet?

    Quote Originally Posted by fntsyfan View Post
    I have a ton of Goldenrod and it is starting to bloom.

    Question: What are the chances that my bees can or will pull a 10 frame medium with just foundation during this flow?
    I just got enuff frames to make 5 new supers looks like I will find out.

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    Default Re: Have You Smelled It Yet?

    I have three to do and 2 Nucs also. Getting a good soaking rain today so it shouldnt burn out.

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    Default Re: Have You Smelled It Yet?

    Can't smell it yet here in Central Pennsylvania, but i have been seeing the early tassels turning a nice color of yellow.

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    Default Re: Have You Smelled It Yet?

    Ours is starting to yellow up with only a small percentage actually "bloomed". I thought I smelled it in a couple nucs... but I haven't seen the pollen come yet.
    Time for me to wax some medium foundation and get some frames built. See if I can't get some honey supers drawn.

    Michael, last year our fall flow seemed to be... nonexistent. I don't remember the weather exactly. You mention hot and humid. Is that the main trigger for a "flow"? We have had tons of rain in May and June and July was even pretty moist compared to normal. It's a little dry now, though.
    How much does ground moisture factor in?

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    Default Re: Have You Smelled It Yet?

    It's blooming in patches around here.

    Alas, goldenrod refuses to grow at our place. For some reason it cuts off sharply a couple of miles away. May be our soil conditions. We get abundant wingstem instead.

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    Default Re: Have You Smelled It Yet?

    its blooming here and the single bee entrance on the bottom board of a dbl deep 5fr nuc is stained yellow from pollen the last few days,no smell yet,other six hives very busy gonna look inside this weekend

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    Default Re: Have You Smelled It Yet?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mangonpeach View Post
    I haven't smelled it yet but Knotweed on the west coast is about to bloom soon. It's about two weeks early here.
    Mango - I'm up north of you a bit- knotweed is just barely beginning to flower in the Skykomish Valley-it's gonna be early, and it looks like it will be a phenomenal bloom. Put the supers [or add another] back on the hives.........

    - Only goldenrod around here seems to be at the nursery...

    Sky

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    Default Re: Have You Smelled It Yet?

    Been seeing what looks like GR pollen for a couple of weeks....yesterday thought I caught a whiff while making up nucs, but it was fleeting.

    Today smelled it distinctly both here in Leominster, and in Concord (even tasted a bit from the comb).

    To quote Lynrd Skynyrd...."OOOOhhhhh that smell....."
    Sometimes the lights all shining on me
    Other times I can barely see. -The Grateful Dead

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    Default Re: Have You Smelled It Yet?

    he who smelt it dealt it.

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    Default Re: Have You Smelled It Yet?

    Quote Originally Posted by jwcarlson View Post
    How much does ground moisture factor in?
    A lot I would say.

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