After the Marri Megabloom
Updated: May 31, 2018
The Western Australian Marri has been exceptionally good these past weeks, with a bit of an extended season thanks to the Marri megabloom. The bees have taken full advantage of this, so we now have lots of delicious natural honey from Marri nectar, now in stock. WA experienced the mildest summer in a long time, allowing us all to enjoy more activities outside. The lower temperatures also made our beekeeping suits much more comfortable this summer!
As the Marri trees finish their flowering, the black cockatoos get to enjoy the giant gumnuts. This time of year they come in large flocks and all of us enjoy watching their antics. They are so large and noisy, it’s a real highlight to the end of the day. In the Perth Hills we get to see red, white and yellow tailed cockatoos. Our dog Lucy loves it when they chew on and drop down the honky nuts - she thinks they are playing fetch and thoroughly enjoys the game!
So as Easter draws near, we have had the harvest and Julie, Shane and Steve and I enjoy the company of each other as we extract the beautiful golden colour and flavour of Marri honey. The process is interesting for those who don’t know how honey is harvested.
A hot knife is used to remove the wax capping that is made to hold the honey in the cells. The frames are then placed in the extractor, which spins around and the lovely honey is seen coming out of the perfectly constructed hexagons.
Next we place a sieve style filter to capture any stray wax and that completes the harvesting and purifying process for producing our raw honey. Our bottling methods are labour intensive but with good company and banter we get through it. Shane makes the task easier too, by making us the best toasties for lunch.
We are often asked how we attract bees to our garden and the answer depends on the season. Now is the time to start planting herbs such as borage, coriander and parsley, but they also love simple flowers like cosmos and daisies. Another way is to provide a water source in an open space and don’t forget to place a rock in it as a landing spot.
Until next time! Kim :)