Spring began a good month early in Kansas City. Crocuses were blooming by mid-February; daffodils were up before the end of the month.
By now, magnolias, forsythias, and crabapples, are done. Redbuds and azaleas are on their way out . . .
. . . but wild violets and lilacs are at their peak.
And, of course, their are plenty of dandelions.
Clearly, we’re not lacking for blossoms. But something is missing? What is it? Bees.
Almost every afternoon, I walk for an hour or so, and during flower season, I listen for buzzing and look for bees hovering around blooms. Although a variety of plants have been blossoming for a couple of months now, I’ve yet to see a single bee.
But guess what. I’m happy to report a bit of good news (for a change). Garden-care giant Ortho announced today (April 12, 2016) that by 2021 it will discontinue the production of pesticides containing neonicotinoids, a class of chemicals that are particularly harmful to bees.
You can read all about it here: