Pears blooming now both fruit and flowering types. Wish I would have remembered this thread to post dates of first maple. Saw dandelions last week. Flowering crab apples just starting to bloom. My zip is 37110.
Cottonwood and white poplar are used by bees but are not major nector flows like the tulip/yellow poplar are. I wish I knew for sure how much nector they make as it maybe a timing issue with not having enough bees to collect the flow from them since they bloom so early.
Sugar maple full bloom may already be going out, apples just starting, Redbud full bloom. I saw a couple white clover(Ladino) blooming in the back yard and a few more budding up. Neillii(sp) holly is in bloom. Turnips(the wild type) and creases(sp) are in full bloom.
Red Maple slowly progressing with some trees in bloom, most at budding.
Snows are comming and going with bees bringin in pollen one day, with snow and icecicles the next. 2006 Feb. weather is much more like winter than Jan. If I had pollen in Jan, hives would be busting. One hive had a full medium of pollen in the fall and turned that into a gangbuster hive sometime over winter. The weather is nutty, but the early blooming trees are handeling the frezes well. Low of 18, 2 nights ago.
Whatever this is started blooming. Its one of our common, yearly fist flowers of spring. anyone know what it is?
Fordguy, I guess you mean the armory at the fairgrounds? I think they may have closed up shop. I don't remember seeing anyone in fatigues over there for quite some time. I remember ridding in an Armored Personell Carrier over there as a kid.