Did you know red currants bloom as the same time as the cherries?
But unlike the billowy dreamy snowy cherry blossoms, the flowers of red currant are rather inconspicuous. One hardly notices them – especially with the explosion of greens and colors in the garden around the shrubs.
Still. As insignificant, small and greenish as they are, the bees and wasps notice them, and make a refueling stop.
I know of the brilliant bounty the red currants will yield come June – following the sour cherries and at the same time as the sweet cherries.
Spring is blue and red: blue clear sky and red maple flowers.
Indeed the maples are blooming now, the earliest single species source of nectar and pollen for our bees. Read more
Yes, this is a food related post. Look closer… can you find the honey bee? her butt sticking out from one of the snowdrops? “her” indeed… they are all “she”, you know.
ah… honey: the food of the gods! bee barf!
On warm sunny days, they fly out of the hive where the cold weather has kept them cooped to stretch their wings, clean the hive (yes, they do! really!) and see if they is any foraging to do. Pickings are slim, but there are some: crocuses, snowdrops, Johnny-jump-ups, early willows and anything flowering in the greenhouse. Whatever it is, some of them are coming back to the hive with sacs of dark pollen, and you know, they only collect pollen from one species at a time…
There must be something else blooming in the woods.