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Yep seems like a fantastic tree for the bee, seems to flower for quite sometime as well

Quorrobolong, is in the lower hunter reigon, about 20kms south of Cessnock and 50km west of Newcastle.


Amazing plant! Thanks for sharing!


Thank you Martha, the plants look a lot better today, I cleaned up all those weeds before breakfast. 11 flowers this morning, 10 yesterday, 15 the day before. No more now for another week.


I’ve gone and bought a dragon fruit for my bees on the basis of all the posts. Any recommendations for growing them?


Let them grow up a post.
Mine usually flower late evening, after sunset. Occasionally they open during the day. Even saw bees in pollen frenzy in the dark.
I give them organic lifter or mature chicken manure from the chookhouse once a year.


Well done Bec, I give mine plenty of organic fertilizer, with rotting banana stalks as well as grass clippings. A bit of dolomite doesn’t hurt as well. Do you get a frost? I’m not sure how frost tolerant they are. They get a bit sun burnt on really hot days. Having said that, one branch that is severely sun burnt has new buds on it.

When it’s about time for them to come into bud (Dec, Jan), go around & tip prune all of the branches that point downwards, especially after a decent night of rain or a thunder storm. That tends to trigger a budding event.

After fruiting has finished, give them a hard pruning. All of my branches are new growth after last season’s heavy pruning. The prunings off good fruit producing plants are excellent to share or make new plants.

As Weber said, grow them up a post. Train them up the post, cutting off any side branches until it reaches the top. You can let them branch from inside a car tire or a wooden square mounted at the top of the post. I’ve been slack in not making those fixtures.

Good luck with it Beck, cheers


Bees on a red flowering gum (yes, these flowers are pink…the red flowering gums flower in a range of colours)

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Busy bees on a warm arvo.


Ahh, visions of summertime! Reminds me of my container pond & makes me wonder if any of my plants and fish will have wintered over. I wrapped it with a hot water heater wrap but I have doubts…

Is that a type of cress there, Skegs?


Aha you got me there Eva! I’ve had to google it. It looks like Frogbit. There’s also duckweed, mint, umbrella reed and papyrus. So now I know. There are minnows in them to keep the mozzies at bay and a solar pump which is the only thing that I paid for. :ok_hand:
Now you’ve made me google aquatic plants I’m going to have to pull the plants out and replace with edible ones… Thanks. :nerd_face:
The best thing is that we don’t have many bees visiting the pool. Last year I was fishing out dozens of bees a day, now, just one or two. These small ponds have been in for the last two years and the minerals would have built up which seems more attractive to the bees.
I mentioned in another thread that when I watch the bees leaving I see them flying off away from my hives which I find curious.
As for summer, I’ve gotta say I’m a bit over it, the ground needs a drink.
Well how about that, a full paragraph with no bee puns. Hive surprised myself.


Quite a bit of smoke bout in the background there.


Wow the flower looks like fireworks!


Thanks so much for the dragon fruit. Maureen asks where did it originally come from? , my guess is Indonesia or Southern China. We finished off a half, well Maureen had one piece and I scoffed the rest. You failed to warn me that if you overeat if you really get gas bad — but it is really nice to eat :grin:


Hi Peter, I’m really pleased that you both like it. It originated in Mexico, I think. They have really taken to it in Thailand & Vietnam. It’s easy to understand how one would imagine that it originated in that area.

You are winding me up :slight_smile: I have never experienced gas from eating dragon fruit :slight_smile: What did you have for lunch yesterday?

cheers for now


Reef fish and veg as usual. I did a Google and found a gas reaction when there is a low probiotic level, and a generally unhealthy diet - that fit right for me. The Dragon Fruit is found in SE Asia as well as Mexico, and is a cactus.


Last week during the warm spell the bee finally started bearding. The insulation in and on the roof seemed to be working well up until now. Currently in the middle of our main flow, somewhat late.
Although late in the season I’ve noticed drones and this could be an indication this colony may have a plan that doesn’t align with mine. :wink:
Still in fire ban season until April and there are a few electronic signs around saying, “ANY signs of fire call 000” (Our emergency services number.) so smoke is out and it is quite daunting opening up a colony this size to do checks.
Anyway, here are pics of the same hive, same day at 40°C an hour apart.

@busso, not smoke, sky and poor camera skills… Havnt had a fire these parts for a few years. They used to do controlled burns which I thought was great but as housing density and new estates grow too many new residents complained about the smoke so it was stopped. Now the bush land is weedy, tinder dry and dangerous.


Found some bees wanting a drink near Daylesford today. They were ar a small creek that had stoped flowing and there was just a pool left.
I have a great video of one drinking but still trying to get it uploaded.


It won’t upload directly to the Forum, but if you upload to YouTube first, you can paste the link here and then we can all watch it. :wink:


I was going to hit you with the same advice as Dawn has done, it seems that is the only way to get a video onto the forum.