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Whats Blooming at kiwimana HQ….beekeeping, apiary, gardens, flowers

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Kiwimana HQ and Apiary
Its now well into Autumn here in New Zealand – April 2015. This beekeeping season we have really enjoyed a long Summer even though the honey flow was late, our Honey Bee splits were late – its been pretty challenging all-round this Bee Season but all-in-all we have now have some strong colonies going in to Winter.

Whats been happening In the Garden ?
last season we planted up some small garden beds which have been through extremes, including drought, excess rainfall and neglect. Our Honey Bees are enjoying these Autumn-flowering plants as they flower – so its all blooming wonderful forage for the girls.

Those plant-survivors have been photographed and shown beelow – these are the plants we'll look at building from, for flowering over the coming Summer.

So presently we are thinking about our planting plans, and the work we'll need to do to put everything in place.

Down-Under, here in NZed, the best time to for us to plant-up is around October as this time of year for us, is not too dry and the earth is more diggable (if that's a word!)

Miniature Pink Wisteria
Miniature Pink Wisteria
This strawberry has survived new shoots mean more plants
This strawberry has survived new shoots mean more plants
This lovely Rosemary (herb) is growing well, she will need a prune after flowering
This lovely Rosemary (herb) is growing well, she will need a prune after flowering
Blue Rosemary, doing well and also will need a prune
Blue Rosemary, doing well and also will need a prune
The lone daisy pokes her head up from amongst the long-grass
The lone daisy pokes her head up from amongst the long-grass
This is a group of various lavenders, quite a small variety and loving Autumn!
This is a group of various lavenders, quite a small variety and loving Autumn!
A regular here, lovely Pink Impatiens
A regular here, lovely Pink Impatiens
I love this darker 'grape' colour of impatiens, it grows quite tall
I love this darker ‘grape' colour of impatiens, it grows quite tall
A lovely fragrant miniature carnation, smells like cinamony spice, just wonderful and growing in a pot at this stage
A lovely fragrant miniature carnation, smells like cinamony spice, just wonderful and growing in a pot at this stage
Single Dandelion - great for using its leaves as an Ant deterrent - crush and leave on corners of Hive-Mat.
Single Dandelion – great for using its leaves as an Ant deterrent – crush and leave on corners of Hive-Mat.
I love this chive plant, and so do the Honey Bees good for this time of year as flowers well
I love this chive plant, and so do the Honey Bees good for this time of year as flowers well
Wow white Alyssum, smells lovely and growing prolifically in-between cracks on our concrete path
Wow white Alyssum, smells lovely and growing prolifically in-between cracks on our concrete path

Other things going on in the Apiary at kiwimana HQ?

…well the grass is going crazy! The recent rains have seen the grass grow as you look at it!

Healthy and prolific kikyua
Healthy and prolific kikyua

The grass needs trimming back around the Beehives and a good overall cut in preparartion for Winter, which is ‘officially' here on June 1st.

need to get the lawn-mower out and the field-trimmer
need to get the lawn-mower out and the field-trimmer

This time of year our local resident Native Wood Pidgeon or Kereru (Maori Name) is feeding off our Kowhai tree which is producing new leaf-shoots, she feeds on these new shoots as part of her regular diet, sometimes the trees look a bit battered but they always recover : )

…here's a photo of her, can you spot her?

resident kereru (wood pidgeon) feeding on kowhai tree
resident kereru (wood pidgeon) feeding on kowhai tree

What can you do to help the local Honey Bees and Pollinators?

Wild Flower Seeds $5.00 NZD per packet - you can help save the Kiwi Honey Bee by purchasing and planting-up a wildflower garden bed
Wild Flower Seeds $5.00 NZD per packet – you can help save the Kiwi Honey Bee by purchasing and planting-up a wildflower garden bed

We currently have some seeds available for you to create your own WILD FLOWER garden bed. We have them available for $5.00 NZD – $4.00 of which goes toward the ‘help NZ Bees' projects through www.nba.org.nz and www.wildforage.co.nz and $1.00 from these sales go to helping us manage our Apiary and our on-going research and Project works.

Here at kiwimana HQ, we'll bee looking at adding these seeds to a new garden bed and also put into some large pot plants. We'll keep you posted on their progress.

Do you want to give your support to this worthy cause?

… you can call us to order your seed packets on (09) 810 9965 or if you are overseas +0064 9 8109965
or
…you can pay on-line to our account : kiwibank A/C # 38-9012-0609666-00

Thanks so much for your support.

Thanks so much for taking time to read this BLOG, we appreciate it, because – without you – what would bee the point?

Margaret and Gary

Margaret Groot

Margaret is an avid 'Bee Enthusiast' who manages the Apiary, the Bees and their hives, she also provides Beekeeping Services and training for Beeginner Beekeepers.Phew...if that's not enough... she also works in the workshop assembling Beehive products for customers and the Apiary. (and delivers orders as well : )She loves to BLOG and chat about Bees, nature and Beekeeping.
She loves New Zealand native flora and fauna, her fav is the Kowhai...with Manuka honey close second ; )
Some of you may know that Margaret is a qualified Life Coach, she trained through the Coaching Academy in London and holds DipPC.Adv.
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