RECENT STORMS followed by unseasonally warm weather has brought about early springlike conditions, and I've cleaned the garden tools and checked supplies in preparation for the growing season ahead. Meanwhile we enjoy watching bees as they make their rounds among the blossoms enjoying the fragrance, the colors, and the delicious nectar.
And indoors, our young seedlings have sprouted their second set of leaves. The first set are special leaves designed to begin the photosynthesis process. The second set of "true" leaves arrive a month after germination and must be fully established before the plants can be transplanted outside.
And then the natural process will continue -- growth and budding, blossoms and flowers, pollination, fruit, and finally harvest. All through the plant's outdoor life cycle, the bees will certainly be very happy.