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Archive for March, 2012

Pussywillow pollen in abundance

Posted by blueberrytalk on March 23, 2012

A sudden turn to warm weather coincides with pussywillow pollen at its peak. Click on the picture to enlarge.

Pussywillow pollen

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Snapweed pollen

Posted by blueberrytalk on March 22, 2012

Snapweed seeds develop very early in season. When you touch the long slim seed pods seeds fly out like projectiles. The honeybees scramble over the petite flowers for small amounts of pollen.

Snapweed flowers

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Early pussywillow is late this year

Posted by blueberrytalk on March 21, 2012

Pussywillow in the last two years became available to the bees a month later than 2010.

Early pussywillow

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Long lasting Heather

Posted by blueberrytalk on March 8, 2012

A month ago the bees were gathering nectar and pollen from the Heather blossoms. Today the bees are working the same Heather variety which shows no sign of letting up. This date also marks the first pussywillows with pollen. In the last week we have seen bees high in the cedars gathering pollen.

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