it's here. I know it. Spring is really here and, for the most part, it's to stay. I know because of the piles of eggs we're getting. because the first trip to the nursery has been made.
because these busy ladies are flying in with legs loaded with pollen in all hues of yellow and gold. we did end up losing one of our hives this winter, mysteriously. they didn't freeze or starve, we know this because there is plenty of honey left in the hive and no clusters of dead frozen bees. we're thinking something went wrong with the queen and they essentially died off, but who knows. as pooh says, you never can tell with bees. last week we picked up a new order of bees to fill that (ready and waiting with drawn comb and honey) hive. fingers crossed with the massive head start they'll hit the ground running. or, hit the air flying, I guess.
I know because the blueberry bushes are budding and leafing out,
because the yard is carpeted with tasty wild violets and the strawberry beds are bursting with flowers,
because the garlic bed is looking like this,
and the raspberry canes are looking like this.
there are new beds being formed, (this is a project of Mike's modeled after hugelkultur methods)
apple leaves are unfurling,
the fairy garden is again being tended with care,
new plants are getting settled in,
and another new project is in the works. (ducks? ducks would like this, right? who wants to help me sell Mike on a couple ducks? and how about guinea hens?)