Friday, April 10, 2009

Catching up with the calendar.

A quick visit to Paulik Park today:

Always one of the first shrubs to flower, this quince (Chaenomeles) is now starting to bloom. The coral colour is like little else in the garden. It should be an eyeful soon.

And "crazy bush" is flowering all over the place. I know not the identity of this shrubby tree, and can live with that. When Apple invents iSmells, you will want to download this one.

In the grass, a large, sluggish Yellow-faced Bumblebee, Bombus vosnesenskii. I noticed last year that the B. vosnesenskii seen in mid-summer are relatively small, and hypothesized that the big spring individuals, such as the one above, are recently revived queens, looking to start a colony. This bee was very groggy, but a gentle poke sent her on her bumbling way, off into the garden.


swamp4me said...

If you hadn't described it as a "shrubby tree," I would have thought it was spiraea.

Hugh said...

Swampy, My guess is it's a Prunus of some sort.

PSYL said...

There are many Yellow-faced Bumblebees here at the dyke too - large, black, and with a yellow face. Very fascinating to see new insects of the year flying around.