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Archive for April, 2011

Maple blossom nectar

Posted by blueberrytalk on April 22, 2011

Maple blossoms

The Maple blossoms come just before the blueberry blossom. A row of maples along the farm perimeter helps the colonies build up for blueberry pollination.

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Late pussywillow

Posted by blueberrytalk on April 20, 2011

pussywillow pollenThis pussywillow comes about a month after an earlier pussywillow. By now the dandelions are at their peak so there is not a shortage of pollen. There are a lot of good foraging sources for the bees just prior to blueberry bloom.

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Loyalty program for Mason bees

Posted by blueberrytalk on April 18, 2011

Just because you release Mason bees close to the nests you have prepared does not guarantee they will use those nests. So the idea is to provide some foraging opportunities right beside the nests to keep the bees in the area. Our choice is a rhododendron that is flowering just when the bees are released. It is a hand pollinated cross taken from Oudijk’s favorite and Ilam violet.

Oudijk's favorite x Ilam violet

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