One of the things we bang on about is the need for early and late forage for honeybees. They particularly need protein from pollen at this time of year for themselves and for their new brood, and there's not much yet in flower. We've planted plenty of crocus bulbs
to help them out - an ace source of pollen in the early Spring. You can see the bees covered in bright orange pollen when they get back to the hive. To my great joy they were out in force today (joined by the odd hoverfly!), and I managed to snap one in the late morning sun. Planting bulbs is easy and provides immediate reward; they naturalise well too. What's not to like!