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Early spring pollinators and flowers

Fly on crocus

Huckleberry the catI went out to take a photo of our honeybees visiting the crocuses, but instead caught this fly in the act.  In fact, although our honeybees were out working during the past warm days, flies were making up about 80% of the pollinators.

Spring continues to be slow despite the balmy weekend, so there's not all that much blooming yet.  Speedwells and purple dead nettle are in full bloom in the yard, but I haven't seen any dandelions yet.  In the woods, hazels are blooming, but I haven't even seen a spring beauty on the forest floor.  And the first few daffodils are just beginning to open their blooms in the sunniest part of the yard.

Meanwhile, Huckleberry thinks he's definitely pretty enough to be highlighted in a post about flowers.


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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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Huckleberry looks just like our cat, Julian.

I think your flowers are about 2 weeks behind ours. Tradd and Olga say the first morels have already been found in Georgia but we haven't found any, yet.

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