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Bee's Need Flowers...… whats more to say?
 #4852  by Chrisbarlow
 20 Sep 2019, 17:57
I've seen a little ivy in bud. The bees are still working the balsam by the white stripe on their backs but I don't think it's yielding very well at the moment. The girls don't seem to be putting much weight on.
 #4929  by Chrisbarlow
 03 Oct 2019, 15:01
Lots of ivy seems to have flowers on it and there is still balsam in flower.
 #4968  by Patrick
 09 Oct 2019, 08:25
Not so much bee forage but just seen a clump of ox eye daisy in flower!

That well known October wildflower. Not.

Wonder if we are going to have another of those winters with stuff flowering in December. Still haven’t got over seeing a painted lady butterfly on the 4th January some years back on Lyme Regis beach. Never thought prolonged warm winters do the bees many favours tbh, but that’s intuitive rather than rigorous evidence based.

Any thoughts from others on that?
 #4971  by NigelP
 09 Oct 2019, 08:54
Still got all sorts in flower here in different micro-climates including red clover, wild carrot (Or possibly cow parsley) lots of daisies, Rose of Sharon having g second flowers (pollen only)....and somewhere there is some ivy out as judged by the huge amounts of yellow pollen being brought in yesterday,
 #4979  by Chrisbarlow
 09 Oct 2019, 16:23
Patrick wrote:
09 Oct 2019, 08:25
Wonder if we are going to have another of those winters with stuff flowering in December. Still haven’t got over seeing a painted lady butterfly on the 4th January some years back on Lyme Regis beach. Never thought prolonged warm winters do the bees many favours tbh, but that’s intuitive rather than rigorous evidence based.

Any thoughts from others on that?
I think for my bees, the warmer winter's are great. Last year was mild and my bees did really well, not just the number of boxes that overwintered successfully but box strength as well. They need more stores though, so is that a good point or not?

They make for good boxes on OSR :D
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