Sunday, September 13, 2015

Honey for a sweet new year


Tonight is Erev Rosh Hashana when Jews everywhere dip apples in honey and say the blessing asking God to grant us a sweet new year.
The tree hollow you see in the photo contains a hive of native Australian bees, busy making honey. 

It says they are stingless, never come out if it is raining or below 18 C, and pollinate within a half kilometer radius.
You can enlarge the photo to read the sign. 

The unusual hive is but one of the discoveries we made today at the Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Garden.
Sweet daughter Naomi took me around the trails for several hours in the warm spring sun.
A good and sweet new year 5776 to all!
UPDATE: Just saw this interesting article about how Israel is teaching America successful methods of using eucalyptus trees and flowers and Texas bushes underneath to help bees in their pollination. And also selling eucalyptus seeds to Jordan and India for the same purpose.   Beekeepers in Israel have not suffered from  the Colony Collapse Disorder that threatens many countries.
(Linking to Camera Critters.)


Kay said...

Oh Dina, I'm so glad you're having such a sweet time with Naomi. I wish we had stingless bees in Hawaii and the rest of the U.S. too.

Cloudia said...

Wishing you a very sweet year ahead, Dina!


William Kendall said...

That is a good way to educate people about bees in general and these in particular!

Hels said...

I have put the honey and apple on the table. Hopefully the New Year will be one of peace and happiness.

GreensboroDailyPhoto said...

Now I know why people were buying honey at the tea shop this weekend.
So glad you aren't experiencing colony collapse.
And........ here's to a great New Year.


VP said...

Glad there is a solution in sight!

Birdman said...

Sounds like a delicious apple concoction. Where does the line start?

crystal said...

It's good to know the bees are doing ok there. Here in California, honey production is down because of bee death.

Come Away With Me said...

Thanks for the link to the article about the bees. Once again, Israel has something marvelous to offer the world. And sounds like the country is full of some very tasty honey too.