Following directions we found in How Nature Works
, we built a couple of bumblebee nest boxes in the un-mown section of our yard, only we covered them with a nicely arced section of bark instead of a wooden plank.  

14:25:07 PM

Apple and cherry blossoms are everywhere. Our chokecherry is resplendent in white, our next-door neighbor’s crabapple glowing pink. On the other side, though, the neighbor’s apricot tree is slowly dying. It was beautiful last year
, but years of cold have taken their toll: only a few scattered flowers remain. Insects and fungus – and woodpeckers – have already discovered its softening wood.