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I don't think it's my imagination that the blackberry bushes around Seattle are blooming a bit late this year, so berries will form and ripen later in the season than usual. This proved true for the recent local Tulip Festival and for the Strawberry Festival, both going forward as scheduled but with little to no flowers or fruit on opening day. I noticed my nieghbors planting veggies much later, too, due to the prolonged winter-like weather all through spring. I've only seen one honey bee in our garden, mostly various types of bumble bees, like this little guy, or wasps. Our thoughts and best wishes go out to everyone in the US heartland affected by the severe storms and record flooding. Local farmers and home owners here had to cope with that the past two years and know what a hardship people are facing. Hope wherever you are that you can enjoy a Saturday outdoors in the sunshine!