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Archive for July, 2011

Liatris spicata

Posted by blueberrytalk on July 31, 2011

This late summer plant is a favorite with honeybees, bumblebees and wild bees. It should continue to bloom for some time.

Liatrius spicata

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The panicles of two great nectar sources

Posted by blueberrytalk on July 26, 2011

I’m sure it’s no accident that strong providers of nectar have similar flower structures. Japanese knotweed on top. Oxydendrum (Sourwood) below.

Flower panicles

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Two honeybee favorites

Posted by blueberrytalk on July 26, 2011

Fireweed and Blackberry provide nectar for the bees for several weeks in the summer. The bees have a strong preference for these plants. Meanwhile clover is relatively ignored.

Fireweed & Blackberry

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A honeybee treat

Posted by blueberrytalk on July 26, 2011

A field of deciduous holly (Ilex Verticillatta) has the honeybees all abuzz. Since all the blossoms are open at once this will be a short diversion.

Ilex Verticillata

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Introducing Sourwood honey

Posted by blueberrytalk on July 25, 2011

We have planted 18 sourwood trees along the border of our farm to add to the flavour of our farm honey. Unless you placed a special order it is unlikely you have tasted this honey as it is usually sold out in the eastern United States where it is produced.

“Sourwood honey is prized by connoisseurs and  honey purists worldwide. It has won best honey in the world twice at the presitigious Apimondia World Honey Show. Sourwood honey is extra-light to light amber in color and crystallizes slowly. It is extremely aromatic, with a distinctive honey flavor of anise and spice. It also has a sweet aroma of anise. It has a persistent sweet and pleasant astringent aftertaste.” Source:

Sourwood (Oxydendrum) tree

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Duke blueberries

Posted by blueberrytalk on July 19, 2011

Because of the cool weather harvest is a record two weeks later than normal but the Dukes will be just as crisp and tasty as ever!

Duke blueberries

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