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  1. #441
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    danial
    Your report seems to put you almost two weeks behind my area.
    Cheers
    gww
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  3. #442
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    Well gww, I am a bit late in the report and the fruit trees started early in the week last week, but there's a week and a half generally between us at least. I get to Columbia most weekends and can watch the season changes coming most of the time. I like hearing your reports because it gets me looking forward to what's coming soon here.

  4. #443
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    Blackberry are coming on pretty good now. Surprisingly the bees are favoring dewberries though.
    Heard folks in Mo. with locust bloom but none here yet.
    White clover started blooming this week.

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    Cbay
    I have a few white yard clover blooming in a sheltered and rich place in my garden. None in the yard yet. I hope all of your queens are returning mated.
    Cheers
    gww
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    Over the last week I've seen yellow sweet blossom clover coming on strong, plus the catalpa trees have bloomed.

    Here's a picture of catalpa I just took at a local park:
    catalpa_190527.jpg

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    Yesterday I saw bees working vine honey suckle. I had thought they could not access the nectar on the vine like they can the bush. It surprised me to see this.
    Cheers
    gww
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    My understanding is Bumble Bees damage it when they work it, then Honey Bees can get to it. Same with Red clover. I read that on the internet, so take it with a grain of salt.

    Alex
    Ten years of Beekeeping before varroa. Started again spring of 2014.

  9. #448
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    Thanks alex. Now that you mention it, I also remember reading that on the honey suckle. I don't remember the red clover though that would be good as that is what is in my field. I did see a bumble bee working the same honey suckle that I saw two bees working.
    Thanks
    gww
    Ps, the vine honey suckle is taking over my area and seems very damaging to me.
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  10. #449
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    mountain mint is starting its bloom. I know the bees like it and there seems to be more of it then the cucumber and zucchini in the garden. Still good yard clover but the coming heat will probably take that out. I have not pulled supers yet and hope the rain extends the flow just a bit longer.
    Sorry, no pictures.
    Cheers
    gww
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    My bees are working sumac really hard now middle of the day.
    Cheers
    gww
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    It is 50 degrees and this is the first time I have seen my bees working the yard maples hard enough to hear them when standing under the tree. Last week I saw one day with a few bees trying the maples but they seem to be working them today. I look at this as being one step over the hump. Not counting the trees that keep dying on me (including several yard maples). My plumb, peach and pear trees seem to be a little further behind this year compared to previous years. They have a bit to go before bloom.
    Either way, it is on.
    Cheers
    gww
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    Spring is starting to emerge. I see the light at the end of the winter tunnel!!

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    Hey goatman
    You are one of the closer bee keepers to me. 25 or so miles. There is another mo thread that swarms are posted on that I hope people also post too. Like hearing from you on stuff to compare.
    Cheers
    gww
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    Sure anytime.

  16. #455
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    To pile onto your maple observations, gww...my neighbor stopped me and said the red/silver maples around her house were buzzing with bees about a week ago during a warm day--so sometime in mid-to-late February. She said the trees had blooms on them, but wasn't sure what types of trees they are (I told her they're probable either silver or red maples based on the early bloom). That's the earliest account I have of my bees working maples, though to be fair I don't have red or silver maples that are within easy viewing distance of my property.

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    Bee arthur
    Sounds like around me for sure. How about at your club house.
    Cheers
    gww
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    Saw my first purple deadnettle blooming yesterday (17 March). From what I understand, this (along with henbit) provides a good early source of nectar and pollen, so I'm always watching for the fields around me to start turning purple.

    As I try to be a responsible citizen, I'm severely limiting my travel away from home. To make something good out of the next few months, we should all take regular walks around our properties and try to identify plants and their blooms.

    deadnettle.jpg

  19. #458
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    I got Deadnettle and henbit blooming all over my yard here too.

  20. #459
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    Confirmed henbit near my house a couple days ago. This was 19 March.

    IMG_20200321_095231990.jpg

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    Ok, Maples seem to be gone now. Not much flying weather here. Maybe tomorrow?
    Peach and pear is just starting.


    Forecast is in the 60s and 70s for a while with a few non-rain days in the future.
    Cheers
    gww
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