What's flowering as forage in your area

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Multi Floral Rose...a wicked invasive...is in full bloom. Burnt orange pollen. Staghorn Sumac coming on. A very good nectar producer. Slight vanilla flavor in the honey.
At what stage do the flowers on your staghorn sumac trees start to become attractive to bees as forage. My flowers are changing from pale green to slightly darker with a reddish tint. See pictures below
 

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At what stage do the flowers on your staghorn sumac trees start to become attractive to bees as forage. My flowers are changing from pale green to slightly darker with a reddish tint. See pictures below
They become attractive in the pale green photo. The other the flowers are going by. Both photos are of male flowers. Once done, the flowers fall off leaving a spike. Do you have a photo of female flowers? They too Are attractive when pale green. Once they go by, the flower cluster become fruits and the whole thing turns red. High ins vitamin C. The birds and squirrels feast on the fruits in the spring. A Red Squirrel will bitnoffthe fruit cluster and take it home. Our Robins pick away at it until there's not much left. All in all...a wonderful plant.
 
I have to drive through this meadow to get to one of my apiaries, the orchids were stunning this morning.
 

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You can also visit the largest redwood forest in Europe (500 specimens) planted by North American initiative to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the rediscovery of America by Christopher Columbus.
https://www.guiategalicia.com/bosque-secuoyas-rojas-mas-grande-europa/
We have a tree here that is apparently related to the Redwood. It's called King Billy Pine. Absolutely gorgeous figure at times. Here is a piece of salvaged wood as an example. Apparently it even produces viable seeds when grown in Scotland.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Athrotaxis_selaginoides
 

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They become attractive in the pale green photo. The other the flowers are going by. Both photos are of male flowers. Once done, the flowers fall off leaving a spike. Do you have a photo of female flowers? They too Are attractive when pale green. Once they go by, the flower cluster become fruits and the whole thing turns red. High ins vitamin C. The birds and squirrels feast on the fruits in the spring. A Red Squirrel will bitnoffthe fruit cluster and take it home. Our Robins pick away at it until there's not much left. All in all...a wonderful plant.
Thanks Michael. No I don't have any photos of the female flowers. I was not aware there were male and female flowers - so another piece of knowledge. Thanks.
 
Got a decent size patch of Rosebay Willowherb by our allotment plot which is just starting to flower. Trying to manage it and so it doesn’t start spreading everywhere.
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phacelia .2 fields away...
 

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Pyramidal orchids, Anacamptis pyramidalis I think - I have some in my apiary and along the roadside verge
The council contractors know not to strim the bank outside my house as we have approximately 30 species of wild flowers there. I asked their foreman not to strim a few years ago and now they leave it untouched until about September.
 
Weather in the Scottish Borders has dropped to 14c. feels a bit like 9-10c. Doubt any Nectar flow will be happening for awhile now.
 
Weather in the Scottish Borders has dropped to 14c. feels a bit like 9-10c. Doubt any Nectar flow will be happening for awhile now.
Its been hovering around that for weeks here. We've had a couple of days of summer at around 18-19 degrees about two weeks ago. Today were basking in 14 degree rain and 20mph SW winds, I do hope summer will return sometime soon.:cool:
 

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