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  1. Spotted a drone atop my 'Cliff' Drones are male bees whose only role is to mate with an unfertilized queen. They have bigger eyes which meet in the middle, are larger than worker bees and do not have a stinger
  2. One of the new colonies was split, leaving one half to rear a new queen Split was done 5/9/19 9/9/19 - a emergency cell is built around an egg 12/9/19 - queen cell is capped off 20/9/19 - queen has emerged and begun to kill all the other queens so she is the one and only In a few days she will take her nuptial flight to mate with multiple drones before beginning her laying life
  3. This was the inside of one new colony. Burr comb that was full of gold. Removed it and gave it to one of the guys at work. Tasty work removing it!
  4. New colonies delivered. Absolutely overflowing with bees, ready to be split or chuck a honey super on I split one and put a super on the other
  5. Recently picked up a Flow Hive. One of the original models. The box and roof have been painted but it was never used (frames are brand new, made in Australia!). Been wanting to play with one of these for a while so pulled the trigger. Such a great design (by Australian father-son Stuart and Cedar Anderson) People say that the plastic is bad for the quality of the bees and the honey but most commercial beekeepers use plastic foundation a 200g block of beeswax from old frames and burr comb. Some of this will be used to wax the flow frames, to help the bees take to the frames a bit quicker
  6. As we rolled into spring, some new woodware was purchased for the purpose of expanding the original hive and housing 2 new colonies Setting up 2 new hives. They are level side to side but lengthways the entrance is lower. This is to help any moisture which builds up just trickle out the front. It also helps the bees clean up a little easier
  7. When the brood box was setup, frames with only wire were used. Bees in a brood box generally do a worse job of drawing comb than the bees upstairs in honey super(s) but this was quite bad, consisting of messy crosscomb in all directions These were the worst 3 and they plus a fourth were straight up removed and 4 new frames placed The queen now has 8 nice, solid frames on which to lay
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    Visitation by birds

    Sitting in the garden earlier today under my lemon tree, working out how I'm going to keep my bees this year, when a New Holland Honeyeater was rustling in the tree above with a bee in its beak! Gulp, gone!
  9. Will you be attending this? I've got my flights sorted and I believe I'm heading up with either @El Presidente Hillbillios or @Glaukus (I'll let them fight it out)
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    Loph seeds?

    The bloke who runs it is a bit of a wanker though
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    Meet up: Perth

    Not required but I do encourage people to share
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    Bursera graveolens anyone?

    I've been looking for years and I will do naughty things to acquire this for essential oil production in Australia
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    N tabacum seeds

    Looking to buy or trade for some Nicotiana tabacum seeds in the following classifications: Burley Cigar filler Cigar wrapper If you don't know the variety of your seeds, please don't bother to reply Thanks
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    N tabacum seeds

    Sent you a PM
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    eBay/Gumtree finds

    La Paz. Rare. I sure hope someone got fired for that blunder https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Trichocereus-bridgesii-La-paz-seedling-rare-cactus/383134527042?hash=item593498ee42:g:yugAAOSwKFpdbhR6&frcectupt=true
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    Acacia acuminata seed giveaway

    Looking for photos of plants grown from this seed If you have some, please upload in high res only Thanks
  17. Looking for photos of plants grown from this seed If you have some, please upload in high res only Thanks
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    What did you do in your sacred garden today?

    Haven't been on here for a while Recently sown a bunch of seeds Acacia courtii Acacia phlebophylla Phyllodium pulchellum (unknown amount, will post in the specific thread with my results and grievances) Mimosa hostilis Some native citrus and other bush tucker Recently setup 4 new bee hives, including a flow super (turn tap for honey extraction). This should be an interesting design to play with, truly innovative Managed to get another Santalum acuminatum (quandong) to germinate! Super happy about this as they are tricky compared to Santalum spicatum (WA Sandalwood). Plan to clear a bunch of cacti to make way for the quandong and its host. Also plan to setup a small side business working with WA Sandalwood, supply of seedlings with and without hosts and then moving onto site visits for consultations, possibly site prep Sprinkled a bunch of Papaver somniferum seeds around the yard and now have a bunch of sprouts, some getting quite large. Thanks @Glaukus ! Still on the hunt for Catha edulis seed if anyone can help This year may also be the final year of the acacia acuminata seed giveaways I do
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    Meet up: Perth

    SAB MEET: Sunday 9am, September 29th, 2019 @ John MacMillan Park, Kent St, Victoria Park - SAVE THE DATE! See above for circled spot on map These are the items I'll have for giveaway: 1) Endorfinder crest (grafted) 2) Endorfinder crest (grafted) 3) TPC x Juuls crest (grafted) 4) Mongy/Mongoloid cutting 5) OSP (old skool pedro) 6) 'Rod' cutting @Bush Turkey @mr b.caapi @LikeAshesWeFade @Uda @oneirophonics @oxydiser @prandz @Sol @gnosticgnome @thegreenriviera @totemgoat @87_botanist @migraineur @Idon'tstudydinosaurs @chilli @moon_unit @Martyh64 @Pie'oh'Pah @Cockyboy @Mapacho @5ht2a @cbruce333
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    eBay/Gumtree finds

    I (and many others) would love proof of that claim. MUB is somewhat unhinged so could be bullshit too
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    wtb TBM long form

    Was that the 2 auctions on ebay a while back ? Wasn't true long form, 100%
  22. Stopped off on the way home from a plantation to check out these beauties...
  23. All the specimens I've seen in the wild are nowhere near Acacia acuminata, or any Acacia spp for that matter It is a obligate root hemiparasitic plant. Experimentation is needed to determine what the requirements are for a good host given the species in a 100ft radius are from various FAMILY including Myrtaceae, Asphodelaceae, Proteaceae and more