having moved here from Mass. about 6 years ago, the golden rod, when I first started keeping bees would provide a great flow consistently, about 15 years ago the golden rod started to thin out and seemed to get weaker?. the first three years up here, it was like the old days, now it seems to be thinning out up here also. Last year going from yard to yard with my buddy, I said look at that abandonded field, whats wrong? he said theres no golden rod left, I said when I first moved here the entire field would have been yellow, now nothing, also it seems the napp weed also pushes out the golden rod, my high elevation yards still get a good golden rod flow, but the lower yards are getting less and less each year, thats why I have pulled my honey early the last three years. I'm thinking we should import some from down south mayby it will be more heat tolerant. Last year when I went to Mass in August, went by some of my old yards(the golden rod was in full bloom up here) and the golden rod had allready gone to seed down there, any botonists in the crowd like to comment??And goldenrod hasn't even started yet. Though it has been in bloom for a while. Still could be better than last year. I hope it is anyway.
i never could spell, but now that I know the correct spelling I looked it up and found this interesting.Knapweed. See why spelling still is important?
Bloom time varies according to area. My Goldenrod in the Champlain Valley blooms way before the Ithaca area or the St. Lawrence Valley. I think Buffalo is even later than them.Last year when I went to Mass in August, went by some of my old yards(the golden rod was in full bloom up here) and the golden rod had allready gone to seed down there, any botonists in the crowd like to comment??