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Author Topic: Forage Blog: early June  (Read 917 times)
Dane Bramage
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« on: June 07, 2008, 10:31:13 PM »

Greetings all,

I decided to take a little drive & walk around the area and see what kind of forage plants are happening around the wetlands at the moment.  Try to figure out why my hives seem to be so productive all the time.   It was a bit late and cool to catch any honeybees "in the act" but here some potential sources for today - more updates to come: (right-click->"view image" for larger/full size):

A lot of cow vetch (loads o'blackberries in background too)

More vetch with some aster(?) behind

Not too cold for the bumblers!

Birdsfoot trefoil

Crown vetch, clovers, more cow vetch along the side of the road

Here's a view of my apiary/house from across the wetlands.  I didn't realize there were sooo many blackberries over here too!  shocked

That's it for today.  The blackberries have loads of buds... if the weather warms up it's gonna get scary busy around here very soon!


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« Reply #1 on: June 07, 2008, 11:43:52 PM »

you seem to be a couple of weeks earlier than i am.  i have a lot of vetch, but have not seen the bees touch it.  bumblebees seem to get at it some.  raspberries are just finishing, but because of the cold and wet, they are not as good as last year.  i have some white clover and some crimson.  lots of red.  the blackberries are at least 2 weeks away with good weather.  the locust trees are blooming and they were hard at that today.

it's not that there is no food.  just that the weather has kept them from bringing it in.  snow level was 4000 feet the other day.  still running the heater and using the electric blanket  smiley

i'll try for pics on Monday.  tomorrow i get to tour my sons ship.  it's up for rose fest.  he even made the news, but the spelled his name wrong  sad

.....The greatest changes occur in their country without their cooperation. They are not even aware of precisely what has taken place. They suspect it; they have heard of the event by chance. More than that, they are unconcerned with the fortunes of their village, the safety of their streets, the fate of their church and its vestry. They think that such things have nothing to do with them, that they belong to a powerful stranger called “the government.” They enjoy these goods as tenants, without a sense of ownership, and never give a thought to how they might be improved.....

 Alexis de Tocqueville
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