The main nectar flow that really allows the bees to pack away a lot of honey begins with the alfalfa bloom sometime in June. I have kept track over the years and have learned that the alfalfa bloom begins about 70 days after the pussy willow bloom. Since the pussy willow bloom is happening today, April 11th, I can plan on honey production moving into high gear on about June 20th. There will be smaller nectar flows between now and then- dandelions, fruit trees, etc. Let bee season begin!
Below are a series of pictures of the bees on the pussy willow today.