This red soil country now grows a number of species of eucalypt that probably did not occur there originally. There is a lovely specimen of Spotted Gum on Lindendale Road, and Mugga Ironbark at the TV station. The Mugga is in full flower now. Naturally it occurs over the Main Range and further west. A major honey source flowering in the winter, but is another eucalypt lacking useful pollen.
This is a competition between ABA clubs. This year it was held in conjunction with the ABA Conference at The Entrance and Parramatta entered despite the club being split between the ABA Conference and the St Ives Show.
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.