Beau March 29th, 2009
A little snow in late March and it feels almost like winter again. This was a wet, heavy snow and most of it is already melting. I don’t think it even bothered the fruit buds, and I’m glad the day’s temperatures will be near 50 degrees F. I just finished feeding the bees on Friday to help stimulate brood production- they should be snuggled in a warm embrace in the lower hive body, and when it warms up they can snack on a little of that sugar syrup. Until yesterday the bees have been quite active however. I noted that the serviceberry trees are blooming (even saw a bee on one of the flowers which answered my wondering if they used them), and the redbuds are only a few warm days away from flowering too.
But just yesterday the landscape was full of spring colors without the wet stuff. The pussy willow tree is about finished blooming now, which is over a week earlier than last year. Here are some of the flower heads just before dropping off the tree, with a little mason bee hovering about.
March is also time for our PJM rhodedendron to bloom- this is one of my favorite plants and flower colors. It’s often too hot and humid here for growing most azaleas and rhody’s easily, but maybe we’ll find some shady places for a few more.
Hiking the forest boundary revealed our old friend Rue anemone blooming on the southern slopes. The rue flowers have a gentleness of color and form that reminds me of the quiet days of spring.
I’m amazed how one day you don’t see anything, and the next day flowers are blooming everywhere. Soon we’ll get a run of warm spring days and everything else will start bursting forth. Which means it’s really time to get the garden in… unlike some more productive folks, I’m feeling a little behind these days!
We have a little garden angel to look out for things though… This little angel is supposed to help me think of ways to put our bricks to use. As you can see, just the idea kind of makes one sleepy. Of course I’m not the only one looking for ideas about what to do with bricks, but I much prefer garden angels to guardian scorpions!