Backyard Ecology Creating Space for Pollinators and Wildlife
Creating Space for Pollinators and Wildlife

First Signs of Spring

Honey bees bringing in the first pollen of the year.

It may only be mid-February, but the first signs of spring are showing up in force at the farm. The spring peepers have been calling the last few nights as I put the ducks up, which has been a nice distraction because the ducks haven’t wanted to go up – they sense spring too. I planted the first round of seeds for Busy Bee Nursery this week. The bees are bringing in pollen, indicating that some of the trees have started to bloom. The daffodils are full of buds. Even though the dogwoods still have over a month before they bloom, their flower buds are starting to loosen up a little bit. The wild roses have new leaves starting to emerge, and several of my native wildflowers are beginning to green up. If you haven’t had a chance to get out and enjoy these subtle first signs of spring, I encourage you to do so.

Daffodils in bud.
Dogwood bud just beginning to loosen up.
Wild rose leaves starting to emerge.
Lance-leaved correopsis greening up for the spring.

This article was part of Shannon’s original Kentucky Pollinators and Backyard Wildlife blog which evolved into the blog for Backyard Ecology. All of Shannon’s Kentucky Pollinators and Backyard Wildlife blogs can be found at

Backyard Ecology: Creating Space for Pollinators and Wildlife
Nature isn’t just “out there.” It’s all around us, including right outside our doors. Hi, my name is Shannon Trimboli, and I am the host of Backyard Ecology. I live in southcentral Kentucky and am a wildlife biologist, educator, author, beekeeper, and owner of a nursery specializing in plants for pollinators and wildlife conservation. I started Backyard Ecology as a way to share my love of exploring nature and learning about different plants and animals. I invite you to join me as we ignite our curiosity and natural wonder, explore our yards and communities, and improve our local pollinator and wildlife habitat. Learn more or subscribe to my email list at

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