I don't think its a simple proposition at all especially getting a clear sequence of flowerings one from to the other. Which is why I thought two properties might work better if we are trying to produce unifloral honeys rather than more general blended honeys. From my basic reading if you are going to move a hive you have to move it at least 5km so the size of the plantings would have to be more of a mosaic if the hives were to be stationary.
The blocks of land we are looking at has almost no flowering plants other than "grasses" for want of a better term. Clovers, a few wild flowers (not many on improved pasture), weeds (thistles, dandelions, chicory and maybe lucerne on neighbouring properties.
Some plants could be producing flowers in the same season of planting ie clovers, lucerne, buckwheat and a range of other crops. Apples are obviously going to take a while but are not likely to produce much honey however we don't want too many other things flowering at the same time so we get good pollination.Other plants like a range of native shrubs are likely to flower in the second or third year where as tree could be much longer.
If we were going to do this it would be on a minimum of 100ac and we would have to work out the division of the land between different crops. Once we had that worked out we would then work out how to ramp up production. In the first year when we wouldn't have year round flowerings might only want half a dozen hives for the whole property but as the plantings mature we would split the hives to suit the growth of the plants.
A very important part of the plan would be finding someone local who wanted to manage the bee side of things.
When I first saw the flow hive and then saw the massive success of their crowd funding I thought it that one of the problems the guys would face is taking all these excited people and teaching them how to look after bees.
I'm under no illusions that bees will be easy to manage and just like all other livestock I imagine it will take a great deal of skill, knowledge and experience to get the most out of them. I need to know enough about them so that I can make intelligent decisions on how to integrate them into the rest of what we do but it won't be me running them.