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« Reply #35 on: August 30, 2015, 20:32:14 PM »

Greetings,
all seems well in our bee hives apart from one bee somehow getting inside my veil and stinging me up my nose ! the beeaters were feasting on the flying bees round the hives, but they will soon be gone to Africa for the winter,
just managed to count eight raindrops this afternoon a few more would be rather good.
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« Reply #36 on: October 14, 2015, 20:30:35 PM »

Greetings, Syd here, well actually its pipbob but I forgot my password and had to re.register, damnedold age !
As our bees have been a little slow in filling the frames with honey we had to buy a jar at albox market, we bought a jar of Tomillo/Espliego, which is thyme and lavender, and oh boy is this honey good !if you like a rich dark honey then this is the one for you, 7 euros for a kilo jar, I have to say that it is completely different to our own,
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« Reply #37 on: November 06, 2015, 07:13:24 AM »

Greetings,
working in los carascos recently there were bees going mad for the pollen on the palm tree flowers, and after the big rains there are wild flowers coming into flower which we don't normally see until the new year,which should be good for honey production,
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« Reply #38 on: November 13, 2015, 19:18:45 PM »

Greetings,
In Carrascos this afternoon the bees were mobbing an overgrown Japanese Honeysuckle, at home our bees are on the aptenia and the false pepper tree next door and a few working the lavanders, with all this good rain we should actually get a few jars of honey this year.
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« Reply #38 on: November 13, 2015, 19:18:45 PM »

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« Reply #39 on: November 20, 2015, 11:36:38 AM »

Had an interesting conversation with john this morning about bees. I had asked him to prune my cape honeysuckle but he pointed out to me the amount of bees that were taking pollen and nectar.

How fascinating watching them, had not noticed them before.

Watching with interest now.

Chrissy
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« Reply #40 on: November 25, 2015, 11:48:43 AM »

Had an interesting conversation with john this morning about bees. I had asked him to prune my cape honeysuckle but he pointed out to me the amount of bees that were taking pollen and nectar.

How fascinating watching them, had not noticed them before.

Watching with interest now.

Chrissy

        Is that the pink flowering  climber? Loads of bees on ours,but not sure what it's called,it seems very common here,and grows like mad.
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« Reply #40 on: November 25, 2015, 11:48:43 AM »

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« Reply #41 on: November 25, 2015, 20:58:00 PM »

Greetings Jimel,
the pink flowering climber sounds to me like a Bignonia, try having a dekko on google and see what comes up,
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« Reply #42 on: November 27, 2015, 15:06:55 PM »

Yes, that's the one Syd, a pain in the neck to prune,but have left it for now because the bees love it!
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« Reply #43 on: November 30, 2015, 06:49:45 AM »

Greetings,
Whilst out with the dog yesterday we came across an almond tree which was in flower ! its at least a month early but the bee will love never the less,
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« Reply #44 on: November 30, 2015, 20:11:38 PM »

No not the pink one, ours has loads of orange flowers and loads of bees. Our next door neighbour has the pink one again with loads of bees.

If you look closely you can see the pollen on their legs, fascinating

Chrissy
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« Reply #45 on: December 05, 2015, 18:13:50 PM »

Greetings,
Aonium Arboreum ,
check this one out on google. our bees are mobbing it at the moment,
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« Reply #46 on: December 08, 2015, 12:36:39 PM »

I saw hundreds of bees on a Nispero fruit tree this morning,I believe they start to blossom from Oct.
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« Reply #47 on: December 22, 2015, 16:12:50 PM »

We've just put some tinned pears on the bird table and its attracted hundreds of bees!
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« Reply #48 on: December 22, 2015, 19:33:03 PM »

Our bush us still full of flowers and bees

Chrissy
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« Reply #49 on: December 24, 2015, 12:53:12 PM »

Christmas greetings,
A lot cooler this morning, it was ten oclock this morning before the bees started to venture out onto our lavender and gazinias .
stay warm and stay safe, and don't forget to check on your elderly neighbours Xxx
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« Reply #50 on: January 15, 2016, 08:59:19 AM »

Greetings,
We have much needed rain at the moment, and I would suspect that our bees are tucked up in their hives keeping warm and dry,
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« Reply #51 on: January 15, 2016, 13:12:51 PM »

Greetings again,
how wrong am I , we have just got back from limaria and even in this drizzle there were bees working the heather plants and the callistemon,
at home our bees are out on the almond blossom, interestingly there were twice as many bees on the pink almond flowers than on the white ones.
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« Reply #52 on: January 25, 2016, 21:34:28 PM »

Greetings,
We have some very happy bees with this unseasonably warm weather, The almond blossom is coming into full swing and will be in flower for the next two months, after that we will have the citrus blossom,
managed to get two jars of honey from our hives last week, and at the end of this month we are increasing our hive count to four hives, a drop of rain would be helpful for the summer flowers.
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« Reply #53 on: February 18, 2016, 21:11:39 PM »

Greetings,
Just had three weeks in the uk and not a bee in sight, got back this afternoon and the bees were working most of the flowers round our house, if the warm weather continues into the weekend I should be able to take a peek into the hives,
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« Reply #54 on: February 23, 2016, 20:22:52 PM »

The fresias are in full bloom and the scent of them on a sunny day is a wonder to behold, oh ! and the bees love them its fun to watch them disappear inside the flower whilst taking the nectar ,
anyone else with anything to report ??
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« Reply #55 on: March 04, 2016, 21:02:51 PM »

Greetings,
awesome weather for beekeeping, everywhere the bees are hard at work, we have a Borage plant which has grown into a small bush and it is covered with bees collecting nectar, if you have a spare plot of bare land which needs filling this plant does quite well on medium quality soil and the seeds germinate readily,
Beekeepers in the UK  reckon the honey produced from borage flowers is one of the finest flavours of all the honeys..
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« Reply #56 on: March 17, 2016, 06:43:35 AM »

Greetings,
lots of bees working the orange blossom in los menchones yesterday,
We have a beehive which was bursting with bees and at this time of year there is always the possibility of overcrowding leading to swarming so I took four frames containing eggs and larvae along with lots of young bees and put them in a purpose built nucleos hive and left them to it for eight days, by which time the bees had selected a couple of very young larvae and fed them exclusively on royal jelly and the result is two capped queen cells which should emerge in about eight days time, then fingers crossed she will mate with the drones and settle down and start to lay eggs which will be the start of a new colony,
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« Reply #57 on: April 03, 2016, 19:17:01 PM »

Greetings,
where did March disappear to ?
had a quick peek at the hives this afternoon its still a tad cool to be opening them up and looking inside but the nucleos hive was active with workers returning with mostly nectar and a few loaded with pollen, the latter being a good indicator that there are eggs and larvae in the hive,
When the cool winds have gone to pester somebody else I will be able to do a proper inspection,
The bottle brush trees are in full bloom and the false peppers are budding up so our bees should be well catered for .
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« Reply #58 on: May 07, 2016, 20:37:16 PM »

Greetings,
April been and gone !
Our bees are busy on the Honeysuckle which is growing at an alarming pace towards our front door, the Pollen baskets on their back legs are brim full of pollen they are also working the Bird of paradise tree and the Borage plant which by now resembles a Triffid is still being mobbed from first light until dusk,
The nucleos hive has made such good progress that I have transferred them into a full sized hive, we now have three working hives.
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« Reply #59 on: July 01, 2016, 13:28:14 PM »

I would like to get a hive or two in our garden, but have no idea where to get a swarm from ?
Please message me at info@almeriahomes.com

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« Reply #60 on: July 12, 2016, 13:45:06 PM »

Greetings Lemurama,
Sorry about the delay, regarding your question about swarms,
Do you have any experience with beekeeping ? the laws are different here  meaning any hive must be at least twenty five meters away from the nearest neighbours,
Our bees are busy on our neighbours pumpkin field taking pollen and the wild blackberries,
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« Reply #61 on: July 22, 2016, 10:54:40 AM »

Greetings,
there are two big eucalyptus trees within easy flying distance of our bees  and they are covered with flowers, unfortunately this year the trees are not producing any nectar and as a result the bees are not interested , just one of those strange quirks of nature,
any one out there with bees on eucalyptus blossom ?
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« Reply #62 on: October 10, 2016, 20:10:38 PM »

Greetings,
We have some very hungry bees here at pottyfinca, so much so I have had to buy a block of bee fondant to help the bees until the rains arrive,
this time last year each hive had five frames of eggs and larvae, this year they barely cover one frame hence the feeding
anyone have anything to report ?
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« Reply #63 on: December 06, 2016, 19:45:34 PM »

Greetings,
For the last three days our bees have been cooped up in their hives due to the cold wet days, today however all three hives have been very active, there are a few Gazinias coming into flower and the bees are taking the orange coloured pollen, most of the bees were working the Aptenia for the nectar.
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« Reply #64 on: December 07, 2016, 00:06:47 AM »

Plenty of bee activity today on our roses, especially the white ones.
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« Reply #65 on: January 09, 2017, 17:21:02 PM »

Greetings,
Spring must be just around the corner, whilst working in Mojacar today we saw a big Almond tree in full bloom and the bees were having a ball, they were also busy on the Japanese honeysuckle.
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« Reply #66 on: January 25, 2017, 19:04:59 PM »

Greetings,
What a difference a sunny day makes, lots and lots of our bees have been busy on the almond blossom which has just started to come into bloom they were also busy with the gazinias, and a massive old Rosemary in Locaiba was heaving with bees, it would seem that we are to get more rain on Friday which in turn will help the mountain flowers to bloom, it would be nice to get some surplus honey this year, I had a go at making beeswax candles last week ! they burned OK but my better half suggested the shape was rather rude, the photos would back up this claim !!
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« Reply #67 on: January 26, 2017, 15:00:39 PM »

Greetings,

Les and Pat up at Las Labores here where you did our pines over the pond. A few more flowers open on that large Mimosa and no bees seen on it even yesterday when they were very active in the extra heat. My 3 large rosemary bushes were covered in them!!

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« Reply #68 on: February 10, 2017, 10:46:55 AM »

Greetings,
Up in Albanchez last week and there was a Mimosa tree in full pomp, good for the honey bees and the bumble bees, its just after 10.30 and it is too cold for our bees to fly, all the Almond trees are in flower  we just need a little bit of warmth, by the way our Fresias are just starting to bud.
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