We returned from a two week UK trip to discover all of my spring markers present (today is day 71 of this year). Our winter was exceptionally warm and compared to the past three years, the spring markers have come early.
2009 2010 2011
Day of Year Day of Year Day of Year
Bradford Pear 65 79 60
Carpenter Bees 68 87 72
Acer palmatum leaf out 73 92 77
Flowering Dogwood 80 93 80
Asian Wisteria 83 96 81
Carolina Cherry Laurel 73 97 83
I removed the bee cozys and during the inspection discover tons of bees and brood in all of the boxes. I can't say enough good things about the bee cozy--at $15, the reusable bee cozy is a no-brainer. Despite redbud tree and burford holly bush forage, the bees are more defensive than I expected, perhaps this is consistent with the absence of a major nectar flow. Did I nearly miss all of the Atlanta spring?--all except the tulip poplar flow.