A Spring Without Bees


| 4/20/2012 5:56:11 AM


Tags: honey bees, wild bees, fruit crops, pollination, attracting bees, Cindy Murphy,

CindyMurphyBlog.jpgOur strange “winter that wasn't” was quickly followed by a spring marked with abnormally warm weather. March had no lion’s roar; it started off mild, and by the middle of the month, temperatures climbed into the high 70s and 80s. 

There was no gradual greening of spring; everything went into fast forward. One day the trees were bare, and the next they were full of leaves. My early season daffodils lasted a day before the flowers melted in the heat, and the mid-season varieties didn't bloom at all. The late-season bloomers are flowering now, along with the azaleas; they normally flower at the same time, but not until late-May. 

 Karen Azalea and Thalia Daffodils

We harvested our asparagus in late March; planted next to the house, it was warmed even more by the siding, and was ready to pick nearly two months early!

In the orchards, the apricots, peaches, plums and cherries seemed to all bloom at the same time, and the apples and blueberries were way ahead of schedule.



The weather was the topic of conversation wherever you went; the potential disaster brought on by this early, two-week-long bout of heat was on everyone’s mind. In an area known as Michigan’s Fruit Belt, what would happen to the crops if temperatures dropped back down to normal?

MICHELLE HOUSE
4/30/2012 4:19:19 AM

lol, Cindy, I did laugh, after it was made sure he had no adverse reaction to the bee sting. :D He may not remember it, but his Mother and I, will remind him of it. :D.


CINDY MURPHY
4/28/2012 2:44:15 AM

Hi, Shannon. I've always loved old-style cottage gardens with fruits, veggies, and flowers mingling and overflowing their beds in colorful bliss. It's a great look I've tried to recreate, and has the added bonus of attracting bees. You'll have to post photos of your garden of veggies and flowers (love Icelandic poppies!) once the season gets hopping. Enjoy your weekend too!


S.M.R. SAIA
4/27/2012 8:47:07 PM

Hi Cindy! Thanks for pointing to the article in Grit. I'll check that out. I'm planting more flowers in the garden this year than I ever have before, trying to attract as many bees as I can. Plus, my daughter loves to follow around her "friends the bees". Have a great weekend!







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