Spring is here!
The daffodils have arrived and so have the lambs.
And while it feels like spring's arrived early Metservice says there may be another chilly blast before summer.
Meteorologist Dan Corbett is expecting an active spring with some stormy days.
Temperatures are expected to be about average with highs between 16 and 19 degrees. West Auckland winter temperatures were a degree above average this year with afternoon temperatures around 16 degrees.
Oratia Farmers Market and cellar door manager Marina Du Preez says its first spring lambs arrived this week.
Whenuapai hobbyist bee keeper Frank Schuurman, 73, has four hives across his three-acre section and says spring honey has fruity flavours.
"The fruit trees, lavender, wattles and gorse are starting to flower and the bees are building up rapidly," he says.
"In summer when pohutukawa, manuka and tea trees are flowering, it brings about a different taste."
Mr Schuurman says because winter has been mild, bees are developing strongly.
"A hive with 18 frames can create up to 80,000 bees," he says.
Bees fly up to a three kilometres and Mr Schuurman says it can make for a variety of flavour in the honey produced.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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