First pollen sources for stray bees

Pollen is just beginning to develop in the purple-stemmed Willow catkins (Salix purpurea),

while sunshine expands the stamens of early flowering hybrid hellebores.

And for first ncetar source?  either the blue- to-pink lungworts (pulmonaria longifolia)  or the cream-flowered creeping comfrey  (symphytum ibericum). Both are currently in  bud.


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