Here's links to the latest PPBA Newsletters - Honey Guides!
CALENDAR OF UPCOMING EVENTS:
July 8th, 2017: Colorado Professional Beekeeping Association Summer Meeting: The meeting will be at The Steam Plant Event Center in the historical district of Salida.
July 20th, 2017: PPBA
General Membership Meeting.
July 15th - 22nd, 2017: El Paso County Fair.
August 12th, 2017, 10am – noon: Extractor Class. Take this class to learn about extracting and to be eligible to rent a PPBA extractor! (Place TBA; date subject to change.)
August 19th, 2017: PPBA Summer Picnic! Details will be sent to members and in the July newsletter!
August 2017: Bee Yard Visit; place/time
October 19th, 2017: PPBA General Membership Meeting.
Bee Packages: Be sure you know where your bees will be coming from. Some bee suppliers get their bees from southern states - and we want to avoid importing Africanized bees into Colorado.
Here's a list of bee friendly plants and shrubs! (from Kim G)
Suggested Plants for Honey Bees
Trees & Shrubs
Maple (Acer), Elm (American and Siberian), Linden (Tilia americanum), Fruit trees (Apple, Crab apple, Cherry, Plum, Peach, Apricot) Sumac (Rhus), Willows (Salix), Red Bud (Cercis Canadensis), Blackberry (Rubus), Raspberry (Rubus) Serviceberry (Amelanchier), Current (Ribes), Rabbit brush (Chrysothamnus), Snowberry (Symphoricarpos), Cotoneaster sp., Spirea x bumalda, Lilac (Syringa), ‘Blue Mist Spirea’ (Caryopteris), Butterfly bush (Buddleia davidii), Honeysuckle (Lonicera fragrantissima), Rose, Elderberry (Sambucus), Oregon Grape Holly (Mahonia aquifolium), Buffalo berry (Shepherdia argentia), Woodbine vine/Virginia creeper (Parthenocissus quinquefolia)
Flowers & Herbs
Yellow Sweet clover (Melilotus officinalis), White Sweet clover (Melilotus albus), Alfalfa (Medicago sativa) Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale), Asters (Asteracea), Catmint (Nepeta), Sage (Salvia), Poppy (Papaver orientale), Allium sp., Lamb’s Ear (Stachys byzantine), Foxtail Lily (Eremurus), Globe thistle (Echinops), Sedum sp., Russian Sage (Perovskia atriplicifolia), Lavender, Agastache sp., Rocky Mountain bee plant (Cleome serrulata), Gaillardia aristata, Veronica spicata, Goldenrod (Solidago), Lawn clover (Trifolium hybridum), Hollyhock (Alcea rosea) (single varieties), Penstemon eatonii, Bee balm (Monarda), Milkvetch (Astragalus), Milkweed (Asclepias), Calendula (Calendula) (single varieties), Coneflower (Echinacea), Daisies (Chrysanthemum or Dendranthema), Scabiosa, Gay feather (Liatris), Sunflowers (Helianthus), Vervain (Verbena bonariensis), Wild buckwheat (Eriogonum), Globe mallow (Sphaeralcea), Helianthus ‘Lemon Queen’, Borage (Borago officinalis), Mints (Mentha), Winter Savory (Satureja Montana), Basil (Ocimum basilicum), Oregano (Origanum), Marjoram (Origanum), Thyme (Thymus), Rosemary