|~ bee resting in daffodil ~|
You can literally hear things growing!
I wandered around the gardens yesterday late afternoon - wanting to just have a moment with the birds & the bees (which are quite loud when you stop a moment to actually listen to them!)
|~ gooseberry flower buds ~|
They are so important at this time of year, especially when there are early blooming flowers & fruiting shrubs!
I find that my gooseberries are the first of all my fruits to send out blossoms & if the weather has been strange in any way (too wet, too windy, too cold), the bees might miss the opportunity to pollinate the blossoms & it really affects the chance of a harvest later in the year.
I know there are ways to help with this - a paint brush or q-tip has been mentioned in other gardening circles, but I prefer to cross my fingers & let Mother Nature work Her magic.
My gooseberry shrubs are still pretty small, so I'm not really too intent on having high harvests but I have been watching & learning & maybe one of these years, I'll install some mason bee houses & have more spring blooming plants to encourage their activity.
|~ lazy sunny afternoon nap ~|