Tomorrow is opening day. To many the beginning of the baseball season marks the beginning of spring. The bees have also been letting us know that spring is on the way.
This was how things looked at the beginning of March.
Most of my blog readers know that I have been obsessing all winter about the bees. (Read some of my earlier posts if you want to relive my angst.) In mid March we performed our first inspection of the hives, and we were blown away by what we saw. All three hives had plenty of bees, plenty of honey stores, and each had a laying queen. Doug and I were euphoric.
A few days after that inspection severe thunderstorms ripped through the area. While I was hunkered down in the basement I thought, “Did we do all this work to get our bees through winter only to have the hives wiped out by a tornado?” Amazingly the hives were still standing after the storms.
Even though the landscape looks bleak, the bees keep finding pollen and bringing it back to the hives. We think the light colored pollen is from maple trees. Where have no idea where the bees are finding red pollen.
Last fall I planted 75 crocus bulbs, 30 tulip bulbs, and 15 hyacinth bulbs to give the bees some early food sources. The crocuses are now in full bloom and the tulips, hyacinth and daffodils (planted 2 years earlier) are emerging. Today was sunny, and honey bees and wild bees were all over the flowers. I must plant more next year.
The rabbits eat some of the flowers as they emerge. At first this made me angry. Didn’t the rabbits know that I planted these flowers for the bees? Then something inside of me laughed at how silly and arrogant I was being. Why is a crocus only for a bee and not for a rabbit? Why do I get to decide, and why is one creature more important than another? I decided my job was to plant, and the bees and rabbits can have their way as they like.
What signs of spring are you seeing? Share them with me. As the days grow long and warm, I am warning my friends now. If you don’t want to see lots of pictures of flowers and bees for the next 6 months, you better stop following me on social media. Spring is coming, and I can’t wait.