Sunday, April 18, 2010

Crabs a-blossom

In spite of the bizarre roller coaster weather we're having this year, my crabapples are hanging tight to their blooms. Here's a pic of the front (unknown) crab in full glory. Last year for some reason it only bloomed near the tips of each branch. But it seems to have reconsidered that look and gone back to full and fluff mode.

I'm happy to report that there is a LOT of bee activity this spring. I've been almost overrun with carpenter bees on the shed. The crabs and ground covers (lawn violets, violas, dandelions, pachysandra, myrtle, etc.) are a-buzzin' with hover bees, mason bees and the like. As the rest of my crabs bloom, I'm hoping to catch sight of some orchard bees too.

Hope your beds are buzzing!


  1. I love crab apples. I plan to have tons of them someday. I have been seeing carpenter bees everywhere this year.

  2. It's good to hear you're seeing a variety of bees. I've only seen a few bees so far, and I don't remember what kind they were. How many mason bee homes do you have? I keep thinking I want to get or make one, but haven't gotten around to it.

    Wow, that crabapple tree is full of blooms! Our neighbor says hers is full every other year.

  3. Michelle - You just can't have enough crabs. I now have 9! 3 mature, 1 2-year old and 5 new this year. Can't wait to see them in bloom next spring.

    Sue - I do not have any kind of bee habitats. I merely supply forage for all. Oh, I've already seen BUMBLEs this year. How cool is that? Hope you have lots.


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