“O chestnut-tree, great rooted blossomer” WB Yeats
Although children must nowadays wear goggles, gloves and hard- hats to play conkers, your bees will throw caution to the wind as they make the most of the horse- chestnut, which will be flowering this month.
The willows may be weeping, but if they are near to your hives your bees will be laughing all the way to the dinner table.
Willow is one of the most important early spring sources of protein-packed pollen. It is a dioecious species, meaning that each individual plant will bear either male or female flowers, but not both. Pollen is only produced by the male flowers.