Driving to the DARG meeting at Uplowman, nearTiverton, last Sunday, I observed many areas densely packed with dandelion flowers.  At the meeting Kay Thomas was displaying her records of the weather/ temperature and flowering times of bee-friendly plants over many years on foolscap graph paper!  That shows you how far back the records go!

Kay’s records confirm my memory that, back in the olden days, 40 years  ago, the peak dandelion time was around St  George’s Day (23rd April), but nowadays it’s usually a month earlier than that. It is easy to jump to the conclusion that ‘global warming’ is to blame but possibly it might be something to do with solar radiation and/or the sunspot cycle.


About chrissladesbeeblog

I have been keeping bees since 1978 and currently have about a dozen hives. I am a member of the BBKA where for many years I represented Dorset at the Annual Delegates' Meeting. I am the co-author (with Dave MacFawn of of S. Carolina) of "Getting the Best from Your Bees" and am working on a book of my own poems : "Bee People".
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