Nov 30, 2013
We had similar conditions here in Central Illinois. A wet spring (the rain washed out the black locust nectar), and then followed by hot an dry weather to the point plants did not produce nectar. Even some of the late summer/fall flowers such as goldenrod did not produce a honey flow. We had yellow and white sweet clover blooming at the same time on the roadsides. It past years, you have the yellow bloom, then followed by the white.
Our local Fruit Dabblers group had a meeting a month back. We had people bring apples for tasting and we ended up with 57 varieties quite literally. None were the common early, such as gala as they were all harvested and consumed or gone by the time we had the meeting. At least 10 were home grown varieties where the grower created his own, Some of them did not pan out very well and a few did.