I planted this bed of crocuses thirty years ago, and they’ve announced spring’s arrival every year since. They are surrounded by golden ragwort, which provides a ground cover around the base of our large pin oak tree.
We’ve had three sunny days above 60 degrees, and I decided to see what, if any, pollinators I could find. I was rewarded to see this small native bumble bee (Andrena carlini). According to the Encyclopedia of Life, this bee is widespread in North America, chiefly active in April and May, and is an important pollinator of blueberries.
I was also glad to see non-native honey bees (Apis mellifera). It looks like this one’s pollen basket is full.
It’s now officially spring by the calendar, and it’s good to have blooms and bees as confirmation that the season is progressing. What signs of spring are you seeing?