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That is a real pretty flower, it seems to be a bulb you plant.


I get loads of honey bees and native pollinators on Blue Giant Hyssop. I'm actually impressed by how much wildlife this specie attracts. A wide variety of bees, various butterflies, hummingbirds, and now the goldfinches are arriving for the seeds! It's my most active native specie, and that's saying a lot because I have 40ish native species. It's long-blooming and drought tolerant.

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I have planted a lot of hyssop, it struggles to survive here, probably the competition with the weeds that are out of control.

Here is a neat write up about opossums, I am glad they choose to live here.

 

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They visit our bee hives every night, eating up the dead bees. Good cleaning crew!
 
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The twins were playing in the field today..............
The one was getting a snack when mom called for it to come, she was back near the woods, the twin had already gone to mom.........
It took just seconds for the fawn to respond and disappear.

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We use around 1500 hundred pounds of sugar this time of year. I put out 200 lbs yesterday and it is already all gone. Back to costco!
dang ADY how many gallons of honey do you produce a year.
 

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dang ADY how many gallons of honey do you produce a year.
The bees did good this year, less rain, few bad storms when our short nectar season was on.

This year, we got 1500 lbs of honey, last year with all the rain we got 650 lbs of honey. If we sold only 1 lb jars = $15000 but then you take away bottles, labels, mite treatments, foundation, sugar. We don't even try to count our time. I spend full days extracting, over a period of 1.5 months to 2 months. Not every day but enough you sure get tired of it. We only have a 6 frame extractor, takes around 20-30 minutes per load. That is not counting decapping the frames, loading the extractor, unloading. Then putting out for the bees to clean, then freezing them, then removing storing for the next season. Each box is 10 frames, we have over 500 honey frames. Not all get filled well.

So long and short a heck of a lot of work, our pay per hour is probably a penny lol

But we have some real loyal customers, they call us all winter for our honey. Excited to see we come back each market season.
We might do this another few years, it is a lot of work and we are aging................at least still upright and breathing!
 

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I wish I could've photographed this better, but I just wanted to get a photo of it to share. There were more than 40 butterflies in total. This was at a local trail today. It was amazing! I counted three species in total, but only two in this photo as far as I can tell.

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The butterflies love mud! I see them there quite often, when we have mud
 
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I was doing some siding on my house today. I saw this huge moth taking a snooze. I’ll have to chase him away tomorrow if he’s not gone. We’re running the siding on this side. And one of the young ground hogs figured out how to get a treat on my squirrel feeder
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