It seemed to be early by about two weeks. But checking last years records, meaning the yearly blog post about the blooming of the Yoshino cherry tree, Prunus x yedoensis, growing center stage in the front yard, to see that story, please click here, these flowers came two weeks early in 2011, as well. So what is normal, anyway?
The whole saga of the cherry tree, with photos showing the progression of growth to the time of the first blog post about it, 2008, can be seen here. Looking at the size of it in 2012, one wonders how large it will be at maturity. Such a sight, alive with the humming, buzzing pollinators and the sweetest scent you can imagine. It is glorious and joyful as spring returns, according to the calendar, anyway. It seems spring has been here for some time in actuality.
And now, moving on to the second section of this post, the sleeping bee. It had been lightly sprinkling off and on all day, just a nuisance rain that didn’t really water the garden, it just made everything wet. I noticed something at the base of the glass mushroom, story here, using it like an umbrella to keep dry. Do you see it?
Just to make sure all is well, a tiny twig was used to give him a teensy nudge. Over he tumbled, head over wings, down the sloping ground! Oh no! I am so sorry, Mr. Bumble, please forgive my rude intrusion upon your sweet dreams! Righting himself, he gave a shake and flew away. I should have known better, really, to let sleeping bees lie.