Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Looks like the dry false Spring is officially over now and I made less than dismal progress on the fence and pasture project. We been getting rains off and on for the last few days and the weather forecast doesn't seem to think the frequent rains are going to stop. They say March is "in like a lion out like a lamb" but my experience around here seems to usually be the opposite at least as far as storms go.
If this is the official start of the rainy season I am going to be far behind before I can get out and do much now.
Up until today I have been worried a bit though because although it has been relatively warm by my reckoning the professional weather guys, my wife, and the local flora don't seem to agree with me and nothing has really been blooming. I think I actually lost a hive although I haven't been down there today to verify it. The other day it appeared to have died out and been robbed of all remaining stores by it's neighbors but I didn't have my hive tool or veil to open it up and be sure.
Bee keepers don't call it harsh March without a reason. The stores are getting low and nothing is really producing yet and a few days locked inside the hive can cause the girls to starve. With all the rain I been too lazy to walk back there and see but I need to add that to the list for tomorrow if I can.
This morning however when the sun broke out for a bit and it warmed a little the Boxelder trees around the place became alive with buzzing. The bees were working the blooms heavily. If you look closely at the top picture you can see a little spec which is a forager moving from bloom to bloom. As I figure it we are about a week behind the blooming dates of last year now. Hopefully this will mean we won't lose some fruit blooms to frost this year.
Later this afternoon before it started raining AGAIN, I actually saw my first Red Winged Blackbird which is another herald of Spring around here. Although the signs are all here now it is suppose to cool off again tomorrow and maybe a bit of snow by Saturday.
Looks like the crazy rainy Springtime flip flop weather is back once again. The ground may not dry now until June.
Keep Prepping Everyone!!!!