The Red Gum that provided the photo of the flowers in the last issue has not obliged with anymore to date. However, there are a couple of others that are now flowering. Just to remind any newbies, Red Gum has excellent pollen, often making up the lack in Grey Ironbark in years they flower concurrently. The Ironbark should start flowering fairly soon.
Our first ever amateur beekeepers’ conference has a sensational raffle. You have to be there or at the dinner to get your chance to win one of 17 fabulous prizes, kindly donated by Australian bee-focused businesses. And it’s all to raise money for local charity Coast Shelter, which works to transform the lives of homeless adults, families and young people.
Only five days to go before 2018’s exciting Beekeepers’ Weekend, with our conference, trade show, field day, AGM and Colonel Pulling inter-club competition. And, to let you in on a secret, we've been arranging a few extra surprises for attendees.
Yesterday, (I am writing at the beginning of the month), I noticed a few flowers on a Red Gum. In the past May has been the earliest I have seen it flowering, which is when I expected it to start performing this year. It did so two seasons ago. It is one of those trees that have an enormous range as to when it will set bud and flower. In some years the first flowers might not appear until August (or later in higher country).