So, only crocuses blooming so far- no willow, maple, daffodils, or fruit trees yet.
We have another big cold snap coming next week, but when that is over I will put out my 6 tubes of cocoons in the nesting boxes.
Today I put up my two new mason bee nesting boxes, facing southeast, protected under the eaves of the porch, where they get fun morning sun:
The top box I bought from Dave's Bees - he is a forum member here. It arrived with all its parchment paper liners neatly installed in the drilled wooden tunnels, ready to go.
The other two 'cans' of cardboard nesting tubes with paper liners and a wooden box to set them in came from Seedcake.com. I also ordered 6 tubes full of cocoons from them.
Notice I added a bit of black roofing paper to the tops of the two boxes to keep the rain out, and I also secured chicken wire guards to protect the nesting tubes from marauding woodpeckers. We do have woodpeckers all year here in our yard.
I'll be taking the cocoons out of the refrigerator and installing them in with the cans as soon as this coming cold snap is ending. By that time there should be enough things blooming for the to forage ok. Only another week or two to go!