Bees, bud break and other signs of spring

crocus and snowdropsThe first bee appeared in the garden today (5th March) – a great fat bumble bee, probably woken by a few warm sunny days in succession.   The nights have been very cold though, so I hope it has a warm retreat somewhere, tucked away from the frost.

I saw Camellia bushes full of honey bees while down in the far south of England last weekend, but it was lovely to spot one here in the Highlands so soon afterwards.  (There were also lambs down south, but I’ll be rather surprised if I see one of those gambolling through the borders here).

The signs of the garden transitioning into spring are now everywhere.  Snowdrops are starting to go over and the miniature irises in pots are completely finished.  They’ve been swiftly replaced by primroses, Tete a Tete daffodils, anenome blanda, crocus, primula and masses of hellebores.  The full size daffodils don’t look to be too far behind.

primroseMany of the shrubs and early trees are starting to break their buds too.  The crab apple, shardy fushia, clematis alpina, sambuscus nigra, blackthorn and spirea are all opening.

Birds are definitely starting to have lurve on their tiny minds and the midges and biting bugs have woken up.  Even the wretched grass needs cutting (which doesn’t, never has, never will, count as gardening in any way shape or form).

I know it is only the first week in March, but the temptation to rush outside and plant things that can’t possibly cope with the night time temperatures is pretty strong!  I should probably focus my attention on those winter tasks I still haven’t finished yet (like pretty much everything structural and most things to do with cleaning, tidying and organising).

tete a tete daffodilsMy windowsills will have to overflow with cuttings and seedlings for a fair while yet!

Tell me if you’ve seen bees and other signs of spring in your garden yet!


12 thoughts on “Bees, bud break and other signs of spring

  1. Too early for bees here, they won’t emerge until April. However we had our first Belted Beauty yesterday! These are day flying moths, rare in the UK and a Hebridean speciality.

  2. Very little here but we are just starting to wake to spring…my basement is full of seedlings under lights waiting to be planted outside but I haven’t even done any of the garden clean up …I have started a seasonal meme and would love you to join in since this seems such a great spring post…

  3. How lovely to see a bumble bee, Dad did see an optimistic slow worm out the other day.
    Our most audible sign of spring is the cacophony of noise at dawn, as the chaffinches and green finches fight it out over territory.
    Our hellebores are also doing well, and as you say the narsissus and crocus are really getting into the swing of things.

  4. This may be the prime purpose of spring clean-up in the garden — to get us outside and feeling as though we are gardening and to provide that satisfaction of seeing new green growth appear without planting things way too soon!

  5. Wise words Jean! I like your approach for making a chore feel like a pleasure, while distracting the over enthusiastic gardener from doing harm 🙂 I shall try and apply that strategy to myself!

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