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Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Asters in December

It's December - usually in years before Global Warming, we would actually have cold weather.  The supposed first freeze date in Georgia is generally November 15.  So far this year, as last year and the more recent warm years, we haven't had a freeze yet.

The temperature dipped into the 30s at least two nights, but still was two degrees above freezing.  The problem for bees is that if they fly out of the hive, it is usually to relieve themselves.  There isn't food to be had.

However, walking today I came upon an aster blooming happily and covered with bees!

There are beekeepers all over Virginia Highlands in Atlanta where I live.  I just hope these joyful bees are mine!

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  1. Anonymous11:14 AM

    Suprising, we had our first freeze around Thankgiving here in Tallahassee, FL. I think it was 2 days after the average date. That did my fall tomatoes in pretty quick!

  2. We've been seeing our girls bringing home plenty of pollen. Just posted a photo taken Dec 1st of one with a full load of some very yellow pollen.

  3. The girls are still bringing in pollen here in wet & chilly Seattle. We haven't quite hit freezing yet either. Not many asters left blooming but ivy has started a secondary round of blooms and Penstemon and winter camellias are just starting up.

  4. More of our camellias bloom in January, but I am seeing some and there are bees on them. It's a strange year after a previously strange winter. I only took my coat off the hanger three days last winter.


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