Flowhives are now in service in so many countries. I would just like to see what is the landscape topography variations that your bees work in. I’ve included a few photos of variations in western Canada to get started…and any comments would be appreciated.
This photo illustrates a large alfalfa field we have bees next to…alfalfa is the most reliable of all nectar producing plants as it has a deep root system that allows it to flourish in hot, dry summers…honeybees can’t access the flowers for pollen. The area is comprised of huge fields to forage on…with wooded areas not too far away…a monotone landscape.
My brother in the next province over…hives working fireweed in the foresty cutblocks ( tree harvested areas). Note the heavy duty page wire enclosure to keep the black and grizzly bears out. Those harvested areas (cutblocks) bloom according to the elevation and to help the bees, he places his yards lower down…that way most of their flying empty is upwards, and they come down from above cutblocks loaded. It’s a strange sensation standing in his beeyards when the honey flow is on…it’s raining bees from above.
We used to work together in a bee operation we jointly owned. When he moved, he had to re-learn beekeeping for his mountainous area…swarming was a constant problem for him…and honey yields were smaller and less consistent…night and day difference. It surprised me just how different it was…