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Friday, May 04, 2007

The Privet Bloom has Begun

Jennifer Berry in the most recent Georgia Bee Letter mentions that the tulip poplar flow is minimum due to the freeze in early April but that the privet and blackberry flow are on now and are doing well. In my woods behind my house, the tulip poplars appear to be blooming well, but I'm not a UGa biologist like Jennifer. The tulip poplars started blooming just before the bad April frost, but many blooms continue and it is now May.

My backyard just behind the deck where the bees are is full of privet hedge. Here you see a small part of the privet hedge.
The flowers are on every branch and are just beginning to bloom. I saw bees in the privet today, but they were too high in the hedge for me to get a picture.

Here is privet in bud.

Here are opened flowers - aren't they beautiful and they smell lovely as well. Privet, however, is an invasive plant and is considered a weed in Georgia.
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3 comments:

  1. Your backyard looks lovely Linda with all those trees in the back ground. Privet is a noxious weed here in NZ also, it grows anywhere in out temperate climate and when it is flowering people with asthma or other breathing difficulties really suffer. A friend of mine who happens to be Irish, grows it as a hedge but always cuts the flowers off so it doesn`t spread - it makes a lovely hedge but I don`t know about the nice smell, I think it stinks !!

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  2. Maybe you have a different variety in New Zealand. Ours is certainly a weed, but it smells sweet and I wouldn't use the word "stink" to apply to it at all.

    Hope you are doing well after your surgery....
    Best wishes, Linda

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  3. I have tons of Privet hedge on my property here in N. Alabama, and I'm a little bit afraid after some things I have read. Some people claim the privet hedge makes the honey taste bad, others love it. Is this an opinion thing or are there different varieties or something? What people call 'privet hedge' here can grow ten or twenty feet high and really looks like a tree.

    Oh, and this is my first year keeping bees so I am especially nervous!

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