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  1. #461
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    No picture but I saw my very first dandelion in a sheltered place in my garden. I was a bit surprised it was there. The bees are working the henbit and my plum tree. Not much else out there that I see. Driving a short distance to my sisters I saw that the (bradford pear?) Looks really close though my asian pear in my yard seems not as close. The weather was warm and big oreintation flights and most hives having bees coming and going.
    Cheers
    gww
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  3. #462
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    We have Red bud blooming here and the bees are bringing it in.
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    I looked at my redbud today and it does not seem to close to bloom yet.
    Cheers
    gww
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  5. #464
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    The domestic plum trees I planted a couple years ago started blooming yesterday (27 March). My wild plum trees appear to be a week or two behind them.

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    What I think are bradford pear (white bloom planted all over in yards and along roads) is now blooming all around.
    Cheers
    gww
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    Quote Originally Posted by gww View Post
    What I think are bradford pear (white bloom planted all over in yards and along roads) is now blooming all around.
    Cheers
    gww
    We have lost many bradford pear trees to fire blight, a bacteria. Those not already cut down are in very poor shape.
    It happened quickly, over a few short years.
    They were planted extensively in yards and along the village roadways and now in big trouble.

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    Quote Originally Posted by clyderoad View Post
    We have lost many bradford pear trees to fire blight, a bacteria. Those not already cut down are in very poor shape.
    It happened quickly, over a few short years.
    They were planted extensively in yards and along the village roadways and now in big trouble.
    And from what I understand, all the Bradford pears should be cut down and replaced anyway. They're a pretty bad weed tree (crowding out natives in unmanaged areas), they're brittle and drop large limbs on structures, and they're cross-pollinating with more desirable species. Plus--the thing that's always been confusing to me--they don't produce edible fruit. So that's kind of a waste.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bee Arthur View Post
    And from what I understand, all the Bradford pears should be cut down and replaced anyway. They're a pretty bad weed tree (crowding out natives in unmanaged areas), they're brittle and drop large limbs on structures, and they're cross-pollinating with more desirable species. Plus--the thing that's always been confusing to me--they don't produce edible fruit. So that's kind of a waste.
    That is my understanding of the problem with the Bradfords. Additionally, they are not invasive on their own, but what no one knew for a long while is that when they cross-pollinate a fruiting variety, those seeds are very invasive. They go forth and multiply. I think I have gotten that right.
    I don't have one but, I have read the blooms stink.

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  10. #469
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    Dandelions came on strong here in the last couple days.

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    My cherry trees started blooming on 31 March.

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    My wild plums started blooming today. They were buzzing with bees (including honey bees), with a majority of the activity near the highest bunches of flowers.

    One week ahead of last year.

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    No picture but my asian pears are blooming.
    gww
    Ps dandelions are coming on strong now also.
    Last edited by gww; 04-03-2020 at 06:57 AM.
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    My yard redbud is now blooming.
    Cheers
    gww
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    I saw yellow rocket and Dutchman's breeches in bloom for the first time yesterday (5 Apr). From what I understand, the yellow rocket is purported to be a decent early spring nectar source for honey bees. The Dutchman's breeches are more of a bumble bee flower.

    Still no redbuds in bloom here when I checked yesterday.

    Yellow rocket (wild mustard):
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    Dutchman's breeches:
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    I was mistaken on my last post. I pulled a branch down yesterday for a closer look and my redbud has not quite opened up yet. It will any second though. I think the crab apple is in the same stage as the redbud is.
    Cheers
    gww

    PS my bees were really working hard at getting water and working the henbit. It was cooler yesterday. The dandelions are going strong.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gww View Post
    I was mistaken on my last post. I pulled a branch down yesterday for a closer look and my redbud has not quite opened up yet. It will any second though. I think the crab apple is in the same stage as the redbud is.
    Cheers
    gww

    PS my bees were really working hard at getting water and working the henbit. It was cooler yesterday. The dandelions are going strong.
    I was wondering why my redbuds were being so lazy.

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    I just created a webpage where I'm posting honey bee-friendly flowers and their approximate bloom dates. I don't know if anyone will find this useful, but it's something I've wanted to do for a while.

    Wildflower Bloom Times

    There are several caveats listed near the top of the page, but I thought it would be a way to share some of the info I've been keeping for the last several years. I'll try to update it as I learn more.

    Let me know what you think.

  19. #478
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    Redbuds started blooming here today. Saw lots of bees on them, but they were higher in the trees where I couldn't get a good picture. My granny smith apples also started blooming.

    The second picture just shows all the color in the woods behind my bees. I think I'm done feeding for the spring.

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    flowering_woods.jpg

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    bee authur
    I finally looked at your site. Very nice and thanks.
    gww
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  21. #480
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    Thanks. And credit to you and others who post regularly in the Bloom Dates threads for Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Indiana, and Tennessee. Your posts help inform me about what I should be expecting or looking for here in my area.

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