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Posted by blueberrytalk on January 4, 2017

In 2016 the flower buds on the Rhododendrons exceeded anything we had ever seen!

We used our camera to record this exceptional year.

Then we added music by Suzy Haynes.




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Worker bumblebee in a rhododendron

Posted by blueberrytalk on May 25, 2012

It will take a lot of grooming to gather up all the pollen on this bumblebee. Zoom in on the picture to get a good look at the pollen.

worker bumblebee

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Baden-Baden is a beauty

Posted by blueberrytalk on April 28, 2012

Not all the blossoms are open but at this stage this eye catching rhododendron is outstanding! Elliot blueberries in the background.


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Early rhododendrons

Posted by blueberrytalk on April 27, 2012

Rhododendrons Christmas Cheer (right) and Ramapo keep the Bumblebees and Mason bees busy while we await more blueberry blossoms.

Early Rhododendrons

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Mason bees become active

Posted by blueberrytalk on April 20, 2012

The first Mason bees have started  foraging. The blueberry blossoms will be available soon.Rhododendron blossoms and dandelions will do in the meantime.

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2012 Mason bee cocoon release

Posted by blueberrytalk on April 8, 2012

Yesterday some cocoons were moved from the fridge to the field. It doesn’t take the bees long to find some blossoms. They have available rhododendron, dandelion, plum and a few June blueberry blossoms.

Mason bee - rhododendron

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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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The colours of rhododendron pollen

Posted by blueberrytalk on June 11, 2011

Many rhododendrons are in bloom and the bees are all over the rhododendrons so we are assuming that rhododendrons are the pollen source. Click on the picture to enlarge.

rhododendron pollen

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Late rhododendrons and bumblebees

Posted by blueberrytalk on May 27, 2010

The rhododendrons have been blooming since March but now that worker bumblebees are out foraging the rhododendrons are abuzz with bumblebees. Some honeybees are on the rhodies looking for pollen.

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Bumblebee Beauty

Posted by blueberrytalk on April 4, 2010

This bumblebee is huge with distinctive yellow stripes. Most bumblebees are hard to capture in a picture because they feel obliged  to circle you while buzzing loudly but this bee  posed nicely. Notice the beautiful color of the wing veins.


Ilium Violet Rhododendron

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