An Early Spring
Spring has come early this year I think. Yesterday and today have been very warm (all the way up in the 60s), and the bees have been taking full advantage of it. Dandelions are in bloom (too many of them being in our yard), and our yard has slowly turned to purple with all of the grape hyacinths that are in bloom. There is a steady flow of pollen going into the hive, which makes me confident that everything is well.
There have been lots of bumblebees in the yard, and it seems almost over night that we’ve collected a number of birds as well. They love the stand of trees in the yard two houses down. The three turnips in the yard all have about a foot of bloom stalk on them, and the yellow of the flower buds is clearly visible from the house. They haven’t started blooming properly, but they will be before too long.
Lots of things went to seed last year, and sprouted up anew all over the yard. There are dozens of “foxtails” (as my mother calls them; I’m not sure of their proper name) all over the place, which is good because all of the pollinators in the area seemed to enjoy them last year. We have a purple passion flower looking thing that has about a dozen starts sprouting up around it, which I think the bumblebees liked last year. Oh and even the dock we have (a kind of lettucey thing) went to seed last year, which it hadn’t done before. I’m not sure what pollinated it, as it has minuscule flowers and I never saw anything on it.
Forsythia is also in bloom all over the neighborhood. I was actually kind of surprised when I turned down a street I rarely travel and found all of the houses had the bright yellow shrub somewhere in their gardens. I’m not sure if the honeybees are interested in them, but I do think they’re exploring every option. I saw a honeybee on our lungwort earlier, which they’re usually not interested in. Unfortunately the fruit trees don’t look like they’ll be in bloom for weeks yet. There are cherry blossoms everywhere though, and last year the bees did seem interested in those.