Busy bees

I was just up at the hay paddock and was struck by the loud buzzing coming from all around me. We’ve had a bumper season for clover this year and now it’s all coming into flower, the bees are making the most of it. Having bees definitely helps the clover grow. White clover propagates by seed or creeping stolons, so even if the flowers don’t get pollinated, it can still spread (although slowly). When you pollinate flowers and they drop viable seed, you get so much more growing, assuming the weather is clover-friendly.

More clover means more clover flowers, which makes the bees very happy – they help each other.

Back at the hives, on a hot, humid and very still day, the bees are going nuts. Here’s the traffic jam outside the larger of the two hives.


  1. Andrew Matheson Says :
    17 December, 2011 at 5:29 pm

    Hi John

    It’s a satisfying time of year for beekeepers, isn’t it? Good to hear that you have fine weather and a good clover flow.

    You were kind enough to list ‘Practical beekeeping in New Zealand’ in your bookshelf, with a complimentary recommendation. The book has been completely revised and the fourth edition is now out:


  2. John Says :
    17 December, 2011 at 7:57 pm

    Thanks for the update Andrew

    If you have any review copies available I’d be more than happy to share my thoughts with our readers.


  3. Nick Says :
    13 March, 2012 at 2:54 pm

    Good to see that the new edition is finally ready – however, it seems that for some reason it is not currently available via that link at least. I see there is an ebook version at http://exislepublishing.co.nz/Practical-Beekeeping-in-New-Zealand-eBook.html – but I’d really want a proper book.

    Is it actually available at the moment?

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