There is a lot I could be attending to in the garden just now. New shoots of the sedum are pushing through and I still have not cut down the old stalks.
The daffodils are in flower behind the bee hives and all the bulb are pushing through and filling the borders.
The old plum tree has almost finished flowering now but its flowers have not been damaged by wind or frost. The bees have mounted their daily search for nectar and pollen making the tree buzz from a distance.
As the bees forage in the flowers the petals fall like confetti on the ground around it.
The smaller new plum tree provides easier access for me to creep up on the bees and is just as popular as the large tree but cannot compete noise wise.
The Osmanthus burkwoodii (bottom RHS of photo) is perfumed but does not attract the bees to the same extent as the plum trees.
The bees do go on the Osmanthus and the perfume is rich and distinctive
We do not have Mimosa in our garden but our neighbours do – to the benefit of our bees. Mimosa trees are popular in this area. The flowers can be cut and stay well in vases indoors but not everybody likes their perfume.
Kourosh took this photograph on the 23 February and I noticed a little male wild bee on the flowers. Then on the 26 of February…
We saw the first Osmia cornuta males flying around our bee boxes willing the females to hatch and come out.
Now is the time for our willow at the bottom of the garden to become the focus of attention for the bees. The tree is covered in golden pussy willow which provides a very valuable pollen for the bees.
The weather stays much greyer than usual for the spring and we have had very little real rain although there are light showers and drizzle.
I need some more sunny days to inspire me to get more active in the garden.
In the meantime Kourosh has found a large (about 10 cm.) Morille in the vegetable patch. I believe it is edible if well cooked. I have left it and if we get more next year then I will think about looking up recipes.