Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Spring Has Sprung

Spring arrived early this year. 

These photos were taken August 24th. The plum blossoms usually signal the beginning of spring which arrived about a week earlier than normal. It was especially heartening to see the plum tree blossoms being visited by all sorts of insects including bees, bumblebees and butterflies. 

Last year most of the blossoms got turned to mush when a heavy downpour of rain came before they’d been pollenated, which resulted in a very small crop. This year I reckon every single flower got pollenated as the weather and insect visitation was almost perfect for an entire week.

I was so delighted at this first sign of spring I felt a video would be the best way to capture it, as the still photos just didn’t do it justice. They couldn’t possibly capture the sound of bees buzzing or the birds chirping in the surrounding trees. 

I found this video is best enjoyed at night with the volume turned up.



  1. My favourite time of the year (except for hay fever). Not too hot, not too cold. We moved huse during winter & my new garden is ready for planting so that'll be happening soon. I killed the 1st European Wasp of the season yesterday. I hate those things.

  2. The only problem with spring the last couple of years has been the high winds that seem to accompany the change in season. Unfortunately, despite the 100% successful pollenation of my plum tree this year, about a third of them ended up on the ground after a particularly windy few days.

    I've decided to view it positively, as natural thinning.