|Honey Bees in Flowering Rosemary|
What the Bees Are Up To This Week
The honey bees are very busy this week augmenting their winter honey storage and making a new queen. The plum tree, which popped into bloom on Saturday, sounds like a swarm, as do the rosemary bushes by the house. The native pollinators are still mostly in hibernation, but as more wildflowers come into bloom, we will see more of them as well.
These last two weeks the progression of the wildflowers has begun, starting with the Milkmaid, a delicate white brassica. Yesterday, we saw the first California Buttercup. Our aim is to support as many of the native flowering plants as possible so pollinators have natural sources of pollen as much of the year as possible.
|Milkmaids, Toothwort, Cardamine californica|
|California Buttercup, Ranunculus californicus|