Making A Beeline for Honey

Honey

By the time most of you read this, I will be well on my way to Michigan. It’s Honey Time in Zia’s neck of the woods and the Kitchens will be closed this week and next. Sorry for the short notice but the Honey Man is only open for business one weekend every year and once again my calendar comprehension skills failed me. Anyway, Zia and I will be buying a few gallons of honey, enough to keep our family and friends sweet for the next 12 months — we hope.

With no recipe to share, I thought I’d take this opportunity to introduce the newest member of my rose garden, a Floribunda Rose, Iceberg Burgundy.

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Iceberg Burgundy

“Iceberg Burgundy”

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Although it’s doing quite well since being planted in May, there’s a Chicago Winter looming in the distance. If it makes it through this first test, it should do very well after that. Like any new rose to my garden, it will get an extra thick layer of mulch this Fall and I’ll keep my fingers crossed until March.

See you all in 2 weeks.

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79 thoughts on “Making A Beeline for Honey

  1. What???!!! You’re gone for TWO weeks!? Well, that was unexpected 😉 Have fun honey shopping with Zia, sounds like a sweet time. The rose is gorgeous, btw. I really hope it makes it through the winter. Have a good holiday John!

    Nazneen

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  2. ‘Iceberg Burgundy’? The hot and the cold, dear Chgo John!!! Have a fabulous time away with your Zia: take a well earned hol and tell us later . . .shall be thinking of you even if not writiung 😉 !

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  3. Hi John, so you did buy an Iceberg Burgundy. I will be interested how it goes. Like I said, Icebergs are by far the most popular rose in Perth. They flower for about 9 months a year and get no sickness at all. The colour is beautiful, pity there is no perfume. Have a wonderful trip, hi to your Zia and enjoy the honey.

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  4. Safe trip and a lovely visit with Zia, give her my best wishes. Iceberg Burgundy is gorgeous, with your TLC am sure it will get though the winter without any issues and be more gorgeous next year.

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  5. Have a good time in Michigan! I hope the bees are happy and healthy over that way. The little blighters have been having a rough go of it these past years.
    Your new rose is gorgeous, a lovely old-rose kinda colour and form. Here’s to a gentle Chicago winter.

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  6. Have a great trip John. I can understand why you’d make a beeline for the honey – there’s nothing like the real thing and I’ve noticed a big difference in recipes when I’ve used that store bought stuff. Beautiful rose too – I’ve got 2 that are just hanging on as we’ve had a couple of frosts.

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  7. Ooh I bet that honey will be wonderful! A nearby village here is called Colmenar which means beehive and guess what they’re famous for?! Am looking forward to some honey themed recipes when you’re back. Give a big bacio to Zia from us in Spain and I’ll content myself with looking at your beautiful rose. Have a great trip 🙂

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  8. Gone for two weeks? What are we supposed to eat? We’ll starve! 😉 That Honey Man must be really good if he can do a year’s business in one weekend! Sounds like tons of fun, and I’ll be eager to hear all about it. Gorgeous rose, BTW.

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  9. What lovely photographs! That’s a thought. We love honey, but only pick up a jar at a time from roadside stands. Wouldn’t a jar of honey be a nice addition to a Christmas basket? Also, the Iceberg rose is a wonderful choice. A couple of years back, I met the guy who landscapes for all the “In and Out Burgers.” I just learned that iceberg roses are a “must” for his work. You see a lot of these roses in white and pink. Quite common for homes as well as public landscaping. But when you get a red/scarlet/purple iceberg rose, that’s the one to celebrate!

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  10. Have a great time away on your honey mission. Sounds wonderful and can’t wait to see what you’ll be cooking up. Love the color of your roses – gorgeous. Winter will be milder this year – that’s my story and I’m stickin’ to it! 🙂

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  11. How wonderful to have such a great resource for a wealth of honey. And how nice for you to spend time with Zia again. Your Iceberg Burgundy is stunning! You have such a way with roses, John. Hope you have a fantastic trip!

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  12. Oooh! What an exciting treasure you’ll be bringing home! I made some turmeric tea today (good for the wounds) and used a rather ordinary honey! I was thinking at the time that I need to get something a lot more exciting! I hope you’ll share with us what you and Zia bring home! Enjoy your time, John.

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  13. John, ahhhh honey, please leave the bees behind 🙂 My grandfather’s brother, Fred, used to keep bees. I can picture him in his white hood lifting up the lids of the hives to collect the honeycomb. We used to have a piece of the honeycomb dripping with honey with ripe cheddar cheese. Amazing. See you when you get back. Susie

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  14. Mmm! Look at that gorgeous honey. That photo is making my mouth water.

    Have you heard of a honey in New Zealand that is blue? I’ve heard that if the bees collect from a certain flower there, the honey is actually blue.

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  15. Just returned from a trip to Michigan. First time there and loved it! The fresh produce was enviable. We bought a couple bushels of local apples to take home. Best I’ve ever had. Didn’t get any honey, but we did buy half a gallon of maple syrup. Yum! I think waffles are on the menu for breakfast tomorrow. 🙂

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  16. Uh I wonder how much honey me and my boyfriend use up in a year… although I’m pretty sure having lots of honey at home (and not only the usual 1 jar) would mean more consume as well – the boyfriend would simply pour it right into his mouth and over nuts and put triple amount in the hot fruit tea… have a nice trip!

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  17. Oh my gosh! I need a honey man! I was just lamenting at how expensive honey is in the store and that I much prefer to buy fresh honey. I go through about a cup a week, at least. I hope you get every drop you need. Have a great time in Michigan!!!! Please say hello to Zia. 🙂

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  18. What a beautiful rose,I do hope it makes it through winter! I don’t think I know how much honey I go through…I’ll have to keep an eye on it! lol I’ve been buying local raw honey at the co-op, but it never occurred to me that I could go straight to the source and buy in bulk!

    I’ve been “away” from the blogging world for a month…and I’ve missed so much! Looks like I will be doing some catching up on your blog while you’re gone.

    Have a safe and sweet trip and don’t get a sugar buzzzzzzzz from all of that honey. 😉

    ~ April

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  19. Honey is definitely one of the nicer things in life 🙂 Love that you go great distances to get the good stuff. Looking forward to hearing more about what you do with it. (hint: cocktails 😉 ) And a sweet hello and welcome to Iceberg!

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  20. Enjoy your trip and best wishes to Zia. That honey must be very special, otherwise they wouldn’t be a beeline and the honey man wouldn’t strictly open only one weekend a year. Floribunda rose reminds me of the many botany classes I had, so you can imagine how excited I’m about your new addition to Rose garden. I can smell it from Ontario. Best wishes and hugs to Max!

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    • I’m afraid I can’t be of much help here, Claire. I haven’t any climbers and our climates are far different. I do know that depending on the variety, some will bloom once in the Spring; others will bloom twice; and the rest are continuous bloomers. Be sure to check before you buy. I know that David Austin Roses are quite popular in the UK and they’re sure to have climbers meant for your climate. I wish I could be of more help, Claire. Sorry.

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