It’s dry as a chip in the garden: less than 20% the average amount of July rainfall in Sydney and bushfires have already starting in the north of NSW, months ahead of the official fire season. Warm too – a record 24 days of 18 degrees C and above. It’s been 2.7 degrees C above the historical average for July. Climate change – it’s here, suckers.
But on the bright side, gorgeous blooms on the Tropic Snow peach, and plenty of bees. Touch wood, the varroa mite hasn’t arrived in Australia (yet) and our honeybees seem to be doing better than the rest of the world. I’m thinking about getting a hive or two, either of native stingless bees (though you can’t collect their honey here in Sydney) or just your everyday honeybees. So far I haven’t had any flowers from my kiwifruit vines (notoriously hard to pollinate), but you have to plan ahead.
In the mean time… welcome, visiting bees! Please help yourselves to our beautiful if precipitate peach-blossom.