A last winter storm?

It’s almost officially April Fools Day and there’s talk of getting up to a foot of snow. But I don’t really mind. My grandfather used to call a spring snow “poor man’s fertilizer”
At this time of year we know it won’t stay on the ground for long. Every fall we plant more crocus bulbs and the effort hasn’t gone unnoticed by our honeybees.  They  have been out working them  heavily for the last few days.    

Little grey furry pussywillows are starting to show on the bush in the backyard for the first time since I planted it. It was very small when we got it from project native, and after 2 years of waiting, all it produced was leaves.

 I began to wonder if it really was pussywillow and called the girl at Project Native to see if they might have made a mistake. She assured me that it takes a few years for the catkins to appear, and here they are. Eventually they will all form and open to produce pollen, and by that time the snow will probably be gone. Hopefully the crocuses will stick around a little longer too for some more warm days.


About Beekeeping in the Berkshires

Here at Berkshire Farms Apiary we've been keeping bees and making honey since 2005, with hives in most of the surrounding towns. We also make pure beeswax candles, lip balm, and hand salve, as well as give presentations. As secretary of the Northern Berkshire Beekeepers Association, I am very active in the local beekeeping community.
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