Turkey vultures are back, a sure sign of spring here. So are red-wing blackbirds, and American Robins (Turdus migratorius).
The witch hazel, Hamamelis, opened last weekend. I was pleased. My Icelandic Sheepdogs? not so much.
My favorite hellebore, Helleborus foetidus, is about to flower too. I love it because it is so reliably winter hardy, flowers very early, and self seeds.
The winter aconites, Eranthis, bloom much earlier and are, by me anyway, more appreciated than later arriving crocus.The early wild bees, emerging from hibernation now, enjoy their nectar and pollen this time of the year. Like the hellebore above, winter aconites easily self sow.
Soon the male catkins of the hazelnuts will be shedding pollen for the inconspicuous female flowers. Last year for the first time several nuts appeared (and the few squirrels missed them!).