Spring 2020

Alf Brugman Beekeeping Blog

After a seemingly endless COVID winter in lockdown here in Upper Beaconsfield, it is time to check on beehives for the new season. Hives have come through the winter in very good condition due to the very good honey season ending last autumn. The very good honey yield from Messmate Stringybark (Eucalyptus obliqua) means that hives have plenty of honey …

Spring 2019

Alf Brugman Beekeeping Blog

Spring has started well for bees this season due to good rain over the preceding winter. This has resulted in a huge strike of capeweed such that the hills and fields everywhere are covered with yellow flowers. Bees flourish on the pollen from capeweed flowers and can collect nectar as well. This means that hive populations can increase rapidly due …

Eucalypt flowering November 2018

Alf Brugman Beekeeping Blog, Flowering report

Silvertop (Eucalyptus sieberi) has flowered heavily around Gembrook and the Bunyip State Forest but to this stage has not yielded much nectar. It has a few weeks of flowering left and hopefully the Cup day rain will help because hives have not gained significant weight. Yellow box (Eucalyptus melliodora) is flowering north of the divide and has not been yielding …

Summer Outlook 2018-19

Julian Beekeeping Blog, Flowering report, General Blog

BoM seasonal outlook is worth a watch to see what the next few months’ weather are likely to be like. Summary: November, in particular, is likely to be drier than average in many areas. November to January days are very likely to be warmer than average for most of Australia. Nights are also likely to be warmer than average. A …

Unblocked the Facebook integration

Julian Beekeeping Blog

I seem to have unblocked the website’s link with Facebook… If you get masses of ‘news’ through Facebook – some may be from the last few years! Normal intermittent blogging will resume shortly!

Honey prospects poor

Alf Brugman Beekeeping Blog

This season is shaping up to be similar to last in that there do not seem to be many prospects for eucalyptus trees flowering. Grey box ( Eucalyptus microcarpa ) is not showing any new growth at this stage and if this doesn’t change soon there will not be honey from one of our main sources. Red Ironbark ( Eucalyptus …

Yellow Gum is flowering

Alf Brugman Beekeeping Blog

Yellow Gum ( Eucalyptus leucoxylon) is flowering in the northern country of Victoria. Our hives are in those forests to hopefully gather some honey from this species. The main factor which needs to change is that the weather needs to warm up and allow the bees to fly. Bees are cold blooded and can’t fly unless it is warm enough …