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Got That Pollen, Heading Home

Got that pollen and taking it home.
Got that pollen and taking it home.

Got that pollen and taking it home.

Someone’s headed off to the hive with stash of pollen! How many bees do you see here? And in all the other photos? One of them has five bees on these crocuses! These crocuses were humming with bees as was another clump of them, and as long as the sun was shining the bees were very, very busy.

I photographed this back on April 1 when I photographed the “one white crocus” and forgot to share it then. It’s nice to have spring-blooming flowers you can enjoy, but it’s far better for the bees to be able to find an good meal in early spring. Crocuses, which sometimes bloom even earlier, even during a late spring thaw when bees often awaken in the warmth, are rich in pollen and are easily found by bees. Never underestimate the value of any blooming flower to help keep bees alive—you can help with very little effort in your own back yard.

See other of my posts on helping bees in your own back yard and in encouraging wildflowers in your area.

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Stand Out in a Crowd

Stand Out in a Crowd
Stand Out in a Crowd

Stand Out in a Crowd

Just one white crocus among all the purples in my neighbor’s little garden. It appeared on its own a few years ago—this clump of crocuses were all purple for years, and I have the photos to prove it because I’ve photographed them just about every year even though the photos look pretty much the same. Some people want to remove it because it breaks up the perfection of purple, plant it somewhere else on its own, but this is where it was meant to be. Some things are like that.

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Crocuses: 2011

purple crocus

Crocus

These are actually in my neighbor’s yard but that doesn’t stop me from enjoying these huge, rich violet goblets of spring. And my neighbors also don’t mind when I lie all over their sidewalk to get eye-level shots of their crocuses.

I can imagine the impact on the faith of early peoples that the warmth would return when they saw the earliest blooming flowers. But you don’t have to be a primitive person to appreciate the beauty of the two most iconic spring flowers, crocus and daffodil, known nearly the world over, their violet and yellow colors become symbolic of rebirth in nearly every culture. Each is native to Europe, Asia and the Middle East, but they’ve been carried to every new culture by people who loved them.


Crocuses

purple crocus

Crocus

These are actually in my neighbor’s yard but that doesn’t stop me from enjoying these huge, rich violet goblets of spring. And my neighbors also don’t mind when I lie all over their sidewalk to get eye-level shots of their crocuses.

I can imagine the impact on the faith of early peoples that the warmth would return when they saw the earliest blooming flowers. But you don’t have to be a primitive person to appreciate the beauty of the two most iconic spring flowers, crocus and daffodil, known nearly the world over, their violet and yellow colors become symbolic of rebirth in nearly every culture. Each is native to Europe, Asia and the Middle East, but they’ve been carried to every new culture by people who loved them.