This blog explains how I keep bees. It works for me, it might not work for you. Use my methods at your own risk. Always wear protective clothing and use a smoker when working bees.

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Thursday, June 7, 2012

What's Blooming

On my trip to my day job I get the opportunity to look in the ditches for blooming plants. I have seen White Dutch Sweet Clover, Red Clover, Birdsfoot Trefoil, Yellow Sweet Clover. The Red Clover I have heard has a deep flower and honeybees tongues are too short to get nectar.
birdsfoot trefoil

white dutch sweet clover

Driving through Stillwater tonight I noticed the Basswood trees starting to bloom. They weren't fully open but will be by Sunday. The Basswood flow is never dependable. When it flows it can really be a super buster. The crop of Basswood honey, when it adds to the other nectars collected  can lead to a huge honey crop.