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Archive for February, 2010

Juniper pollen

Posted by blueberrytalk on February 21, 2010

Touch a Juniper branch and a cloud of pollen fills the air. This pollen doesn’t have the same attraction as pussy willow pollen which is at it’s peak.

Juniper pollen

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Rosamundi rhododendron

Posted by blueberrytalk on February 21, 2010

This is the first rhododendron blossoms of the year. With a few hundred rhododendrons on the farm the bees will be foraging on rhodos for the next couple of months.

Rosamundi rhododendron

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New family pet…a Nigerian dwarf goat.

Posted by blueberrytalk on February 21, 2010

This goat is bottle fed while the mother is being milked. The goat loves affection and makes an excellent pet.

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Mulcher makes short work of blueberry plants

Posted by blueberrytalk on February 19, 2010

It took just a few hours for  this mulcher to chop up an acre of blueberry plants to make room for a new variety – Draper.

Mulcher

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Early Pussy Willow

Posted by blueberrytalk on February 17, 2010

Pollen is starting to show on the early Pussy Willow and the bees are taking full advantage on a relatively warm February day.

Pussy Willow pollen

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February Pollen

Posted by blueberrytalk on February 8, 2010

The Hazelnut pollen is over but the bees don’t skip a beat. Today there are five kinds of pollen coming in. Click on the pictures to see five kinds of pollen.

February pollen

 Bees with mustard yellow pollen and a white pollen land on my hand while taking pictures. I like to give the bees a hand whenever I can.

Update: See discussion of hazelnut pollen in the comments.

pollen

pinkish grey pollen

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Viburnum Bodnantense Dawn

Posted by blueberrytalk on February 6, 2010

This early viburnum gives the bees something to work on in February.

In the picture, the top bee (in flight) shows that we requeened with Carniolan bees last summer.

bees on Viburnum

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