Signs of spring!

By: 2boysmom
3/24/2020 2:48 PM

Spring is in my back yard! I went outside today to look for happy things.

The bees are out flying



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By: 2boysmom
3/24/2020 2:48 PM

Spring beauty



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By: 2boysmom
3/24/2020 2:49 PM

Neighbor's daffodils are prettier than mine, so:



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By: 2boysmom
3/24/2020 2:49 PM

Peach tree will have a lot of peaches this year!



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By: 2boysmom
3/24/2020 2:50 PM

Baby fruit tree. I think the one is peaches too, but we planted 5 and I can't remember.



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By: Snowshoe
3/26/2020 12:05 AM

Your signs of Spring are so nice. Thank you for cheering us up.

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By: manteoman
3/26/2020 7:29 AM

Thanks for the pics. Your neighbor might have prettier daffodils, but at least yours have blooms. Ours come up every year, but it's just the green, no bloom. Guess I need to go out there and feed them or something.

Years ago we had a friend who was one of those that would argue the sky was green and the earth blue. She was kind in many ways, but crotchety, too. She'd see forsythia and say,

"Forsythia...forsythia...I hate forsythia! It's too YELLOW!"

Always think of her when we see forsythia.

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By: lowtide
3/26/2020 7:55 AM

Thanks for the pics. Your neighbor might have prettier daffodils, but at least yours have blooms. Ours come up every year, but it's just the green, no bloom. Guess I need to go out there and feed them or something.


manteoman


I do not profess to be an expert at anything but you might try digging them up and planting them shallower. Most bulbs have this issue. And while I appreciate your friends crotchetiness, as I also suffer from this affliction, I love seeing the forsythia blooming yellow and the Judas tree's purple/red burst at the woods edge....."spring has sprung".

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By: Md.Chas
3/26/2020 8:06 AM

Spring beauty

2boysmom
It's good to see a positive post right now. Thanks Mom !

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By: manteoman
3/26/2020 10:41 AM

Thanks for the pics. Your neighbor might have prettier daffodils, but at least yours have blooms. Ours come up every year, but it's just the green, no bloom. Guess I need to go out there and feed them or something.


manteoman


I do not profess to be an expert at anything but you might try digging them up and planting them shallower. Most bulbs have this issue. And while I appreciate your friends crotchetiness, as I also suffer from this affliction, I love seeing the forsythia blooming yellow and the Judas tree's purple/red burst at the woods edge....."spring has sprung".

lowtide


Thanks for that tip. Any excuse to get more sunshine...a diggin' I will go. As to your similar affliction, I can relate. Back in the day I'd tell my wife I was going to be "old & crotchety" to which she would reply "you're already young & crotchety, dear."

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By: J4yDubs
3/27/2020 2:17 PM

I'm working from home today and have been making myself get up more. At lunch I grabbed my camera and walked around the house. Spring is here!



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By: J4yDubs
3/27/2020 2:19 PM

Last fall my wife planted bulbs. We had a ton (I used to work for Burpee Seed), so she just planted them where ever. Even in the lawn.



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By: J4yDubs
3/27/2020 2:19 PM

Another lawn bulb.



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3/27/2020 2:19 PM


By: J4yDubs
3/27/2020 2:21 PM

Japanese cherry tree, I think.



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By: J4yDubs
3/27/2020 2:21 PM

Coby is enjoying the yard now.



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By: J4yDubs
3/27/2020 6:08 PM

The cherry tree has hundreds of honey bees in it. I've never seen it like this before. I wonder if someone close has a hive now? I'd love to do that myself, but don't even know where to start.

John



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By: 2boysmom
3/27/2020 6:28 PM

John, I would guess if there are that many bees around, either someone around you has a hive or there is one that has moved into a tree/log/other space nearby. They can travel up to a couple of miles if they find a good source of nectar, they usually don't go that far if there are good sources near them, but they can. My husband is a beekeeper. I don't do anything with them, but they are fascinating to watch.

If you are interested in starting, you can call your county Extension office. They should be able to put you in contact with someone who can help. If we were closer, my husband would be thrilled to help you. He started it as a hobby and it has grown tremendously; he has about 40 hives now (in different locations), has started a beekeeping association for our county, and is the hive inspector for our county.

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By: J4yDubs
3/27/2020 6:57 PM

John, I would guess if there are that many bees around, either someone around you has a hive or there is one that has moved into a tree/log/other space nearby. They can travel up to a couple of miles if they find a good source of nectar, they usually don't go that far if there are good sources near them, but they can. My husband is a beekeeper. I don't do anything with them, but they are fascinating to watch.

If you are interested in starting, you can call your county Extension office. They should be able to put you in contact with someone who can help. If we were closer, my husband would be thrilled to help you. He started it as a hobby and it has grown tremendously; he has about 40 hives now (in different locations), has started a beekeeping association for our county, and is the hive inspector for our county.

2boysmom

Thanks for the info! I made my wife come out and see it. When you stood next to the tree you could (loudly) hear the tree buzzing. We do get some honey bees, especially in the back yard garden, but I've never seen it like this. We live next to woods, so it's possible it's a wild source, but I wouldn't be surprised to learn a neighbor has one.

It made me very happy to see it. I worked for a seed company and the decline in pollinators was always a big topic. I'll make some calls to see how to get started. Thanks!

John

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By: 2boysmom
3/27/2020 7:36 PM

It could also be that someone local had a hive that swarmed, and they moved in somewhere nearby, probably a log or a tree, unless a beekeeper had a swarm trap out. It is swarming season. When the hive gets too big for it's home, the queen and about half of the bees swarm, and the remaining bees raise a new queen. Sometimes this can be prevented by a beekeeper either adding more boxes to their home or doing a manual split, but once the bees make the decision, nothing can really be done about it. We stood in the yard and watched one of hubby's hives swarm a couple years ago.

Are you on instagram or facebook? He has a page on instagram for his beekeeping, and there are a couple of public fb pages that he uses as well. Most beekeepers are happy to share info and help others get started and as they go.

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By: J4yDubs
3/27/2020 7:48 PM


Are you on instagram or facebook? He has a page on instagram for his beekeeping, and there are a couple of public fb pages that he uses as well. Most beekeepers are happy to share info and help others get started and as they go.

2boysmom

I'm not on Facebook, but my wife is. I have an Instagram account, but don't login much. I'm on Twitter more than any of them. Please send me a PM and I'll look his page up. I told my wife at dinner tonight that I wanted to look into a bee hive. She looked at me funny and then said umm, ok. She asked where I would keep it and I said I have no clue, but I'm going to learn. Who knows if it'll ever happen, but I'll learn something in the process.

John

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By: Greg MD
3/27/2020 8:55 PM

Nice post! We have had a honey bee flying around here and there since January. At first I thought it was just an anomaly. But their numbers have been increasing with every warm day. Good to see them around. Diazinon was eliminated from residential use about 7-8 years ago? Maybe just a coincidence but good to see them back.

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By: 2boysmom
4/7/2020 3:32 PM

Lilac bush starting to bloom



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By: 2boysmom
4/7/2020 3:33 PM

Tiny buds on one of our new apple trees



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By: 2boysmom
4/7/2020 3:35 PM

One dog napping on "his" porch while the other one watches for the neighbor's cat to walk by so she can bark at it ??



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