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The (real) first spring flowers!

Blooming speedwell

I should have given our honeybees credit for more good sense this weekend.  I thought the bees were out scouting the woods for witch-hazel, but now I suspect they were instead out for the first real spring flowers.

Monday, I stumbled across this speedwell blooming in the yard.  Even though it's an alien invasive species, I was pleased as punch --- this blog post had about fifty exclamation marks in it before I toned the punctuation down.

The little blue flowers were closed up from the cold rain, but had clearly been in full bloom over the weekend.  Since blue is one of the honeybees' favorite colors, I think it's highly likely that our workers found the patch and sucked it dry.  No wonder they were so visible on Sunday --- our bees probably found spring's first flowers long before I did.

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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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Very cool. I did not know that bees liked blue flowers. Good info. :)
Comment by HeatherW Wed Feb 24 20:01:23 2010
That's one of the tips I learned in my relentless reading this winter. I also read that planting mint near your hives helps keep down varroa mites --- I don't know if it's true, but it's worth a shot!
Comment by anna Wed Feb 24 20:21:18 2010

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