It’s early March and that means erratic weather and high winds. We had snow last week, it was in the 50′s this week and now, with winds gusting to 30 mph, another snow is predicted for the weekend. It’s also time to check out the yard, clean up winter debris, prune and water the trees and shrubs, and….. check out the bees! It was a rather mild winter with more moisture than last year this time. When temperatures get above 50 degrees, the bees will venture out of their hive. At first there isn’t anything for them to eat, as it’s still early, but yesterday it was in the 60′s and I saw them zipping in and out of their hive. I watched the returning workers carefully and yes, I saw a few returning with a load of pollen! That means the elm trees are beginning to bloom. In a few more days, on a nice warm day, I’ll open the hive and inspect it thoroughly. But one thing is sure… they made it through the winter!