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  1. #301
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    English ivy is in bloom everywhere. We removed honey supers and extracted very dark honey (probably knotweed). The bees will backfill the brood nest with ivy honey, but I also feed them in case they do not get sufficient foraging hours due to rainy weather.
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    •Lake Forest Park, WA 98155
    •9/23 - 9/29/19

    [A honey bee on borage]
    Borage2.jpg

    •New bloom

    •Monkshood or aconite (Aconitum): an erect perennial with clusters of hooded, purplish blue flowers atop leafy stems. The one I saw was probably one of garden hybrids, rather than the native A. columbianum.
    [Monkshood & honey bee] https://www.semanticscholar.org/pape...5a875/figure/0
    Zone 8, elevation 70 ft, near the north end of Lake Washington

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  3. #302
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    About 95% pollen found in my hives came from the ivy (the rest were dandelion/cat’s ear, evening primrose, and jewelweed). I could smell nectar around my hives during a few, precious sunny afternoons.

    •Lake Forest Park, WA 98155
    •9/30 - 10/6/19

    [Honey bees on goldenrod and strawberry tree, bees bringing in ivy pollen]
    goldenrod2.jpgStrawberrytree.jpgivy pollen (entrance).jpg

    •New bloom

    •Sasanqua camellia (Camellia sasanqua): an evergreen ornamental shrub, similar, but smaller than the common camellia (C. japonica), which blooms in March. There are many varieties and hybrids between these two, starting to bloom at different times, so camellia flowers can usually be found throughout October - April.
    [Sasanqua & honey bee, October 2018]
    cameliasasanqua.jpg
    Zone 8, elevation 70 ft, near the north end of Lake Washington

  4. #303
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    The bees worked on the ivy whenever it was dry and warm enough. We had a few frosty mornings and tender annuals are pretty much done.

    •Lake Forest Park, WA 98155
    •10/7 - 10/13/19

    [Honey bees on heath aster, English ivy, and dandelion]
    asterheath2.jpgIvy2.jpgdandelion.jpg

    •New blooms

    •Hybrid mahonia (Berberis x hortensis, aka Mahonia x media): a medium to large ornamental shrub with stalks of yellow flowers and evergreen, spiky leaves. There are several varieties with different blooming times, so their flowers can usually be found throughout winter (unless it gets too cold like last February). The native mahonia (Oregon grape, Berberis aquifolium aka Mahonia aquifolium) will start in late winter. The genus name ‘Mahonia’ was replaced with ‘Berberis’, but Berberis x media refers to a different plant, thus Mahonia x media became Berberis x hortensis.
    [Mahonia & honey bee, January 2019]
    mahoniamedia.jpg

    •Winter heath (Erica carnea): an evergreen ornamental shrub with needle-like leaves and pink (maybe white or red), urn-shaped flowers. It continues to flower throughout winter unless it gets too cold, and comes to full-bloom in early spring.
    [Winter heath & honey bee, January 2019]
    HeathWinter.jpg
    Zone 8, elevation 70 ft, near the north end of Lake Washington

  5. #304
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    After one very rainy week, we had a week of relatively dry and not-too-cold weather, and the bees were able to bring in a fair amount of ivy pollen. Yellow jackets, which have been harassing my weaker hives in the past few weeks, finally began to decrease.

    •Lake Forest Park, WA 98155
    •10/14 - 10/27/19

    •New bloom

    •Japanese aralia or paperplant (Fatsia japonica): a large evergreen ornamental shrub with ivy-like flowers and large, glossy, dark-green leaves which are palmately lobed (7 - 9 lobes).
    [A bumble bee on Japanese aralia, November 2018]
    Aralia(bumble).jpg
    Zone 8, elevation 70 ft, near the north end of Lake Washington

  6. #305
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    We had pleasant, sunny weather throughout the past week. It was a little cold but the bees had at least a few foraging hours everyday and brought back some pollen from ivy and camellia.

    •Lake Forest Park, WA 98155
    •10/28 - 11/3/19

    [Honey bees on heath aster and strawberry tree]
    Heathaster.jpgStrawberrytree2.jpg

    •New blooms

    •Holly osmanthus (Osmanthus heterophyllus): a large evergreen ornamental shrub with oppositely arranged leaves (often spiny) and small, white, fragrant flowers.
    [Holly osmanthus & honey bee] https://ameblo.jp/atu361/entry-12418336393.html

    •Witch-hazel (Hamamelis): a deciduous ornamental shrub or a small tree, with yellowish, spidery flowers, which may be difficult to find until leaves fall off. The one I found may be fall-blooming American witch-hazel (H. virginiana, not native here), or one of the winter-bloomers (Ozark, Chinese, Japanese and/or hybrids) starting early. Witch-hazel flowers can usually be found in my neighborhood until mid March.
    [Witch-hazel & honey bee] http://www.beetography.com/Honey-Bee...4_7DbzWSm.html
    Zone 8, elevation 70 ft, near the north end of Lake Washington

  7. #306
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    The bees had a pretty good foraging week for November, and brought back some pollen from ivy, camellia, and viburnum.

    •Lake Forest Park, WA 98155
    •11/4 - 11/10/19

    [A honey bee examining spent ivy flowers, an orange rumped bumble bee collecting pollen from strawberry tree flowers]
    Spentivy.jpgStrawberrytree(bumble).jpg

    •New blooms

    •‘Dawn’ viburnum (Viburnum × bodnantense): a deciduous ornamental shrub with clusters of small, tubular, fragrant, pink flowers. It will become very showy once all leaves fall off.
    [‘Dawn’ viburnum & honey bee] https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/6675071457

    •Elephant's ears or pigsqueak (Bergenia): clump-forming evergreen perennials with large leaves and stalks of pink flowers. They are considered spring bloomers, but I can usually find quite a few flowers in fall, which may persist throughout winter unless it gets too cold.
    [Elephant’s ears & honey bee] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=she6MK-UJj4
    Zone 8, elevation 70 ft, near the north end of Lake Washington

  8. #307
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    It was not overly wet nor cold in the past week and the bees brought back some ivy pollen. Yellow jackets still lurked around the hives, but not too many to cause problems.

    •Lake Forest Park, WA 98155
    •11/11 - 11/17/19

    •New bloom

    •Winter jasmine (Jasminum nudiflorum): a deciduous ornamental shrub or vine, starting to show bright yellow flowers on bare branches.
    [Winter jasmine & honey bee] https://ucanr.edu/blogs/bugsquad/ind...m%20nudiflorum
    Zone 8, elevation 70 ft, near the north end of Lake Washington

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