Doak, yes summer solstace soon. The days begin to shorten, imagine that eh?
Up in this northern hemisphere, we are now in full flow in the blackberry bloom. Our honeyflow will continue around into the middle of July for the commercial beekeepers and then they get ready for the pumpkin pollinations.
At my home, this may sound really weird, but the flow will continue on for a long time yet. The phacelias, borages, bachelors buttons and the myriads of ornamental flowers, flowering shrubs and so many perennials are coming into their splendor. All the garden foods that I allow to go to flower for the bees carry on long into late summer as well. The broccoli is one that the bees go simply crazy on. The parsley is setting flower soon too, last years plants. They got nuts on this for a long time too. The sunflowers will be blooming in about two weeks and will continue on deep into fall as well, I have many varieties, that keeps the blooms going and going and going. The bees are in nectar flow here with absolutely no dearth. The clovers are in full blooming now. The Canary Creeper vines are about 8 feet tall now, and beginning to set blooms, they flower all summer long until frost kill too.
The Annise Hyssops will be coming into bloom around the middle of July. That in itself is a honeyflow. I have about 40 perennial hyssop that will bloom and probably 100 annual hyssop thast will be in full bloom too. Covered in bees from morning to night. At my home I can still be taking off honey the beginning of September and still feel comfortable that there are enough fall flowers still blooming and producing nourishment for the bees to ready them for winter. Just a little story of my property and the food for the bees. Have a wonderful day, Cindi.