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Archive for February, 2012

Heather – Candy Stripe

Posted by blueberrytalk on February 22, 2012

After several cold rainy days it is just warm enough for the bees to be gathering nectar and a little pollen from the heather.

Heather - Candy Stripe

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Olive the rhododendron is open

Posted by blueberrytalk on February 19, 2012

Olive blossoms so early that it’s buds usually succumb to winter frost. This week has been mild but not mild enough for the bees to enjoy Olive.

R. Olive

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February Heather

Posted by blueberrytalk on February 8, 2012

The bees are mostly in the heather for nectar but they do bring back some pollen. The honeybee in the picture has some pollen but it is small compared to the pollen loads from the Hazelnut trees.

Kramer's Red Heather

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Flying days in February

Posted by blueberrytalk on February 7, 2012

Four warm sunny days in early February have allowed the bees to visit the hazelnut catkins. Some years they never get a chance because of cold weather.

Hazelnut pollen

 Now, check out this video to see the bees gathering Hazelnut pollen:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qR2Y5ABJIZw

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Hazelnut Gold

Posted by blueberrytalk on February 4, 2012

This is the first day for the hazelnut pollen to be available and the bees are taking advantage of the opportunuty.

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