I'm writing from Auburn, Alabama. Both last year and this, I noticed plenty of bees in my yard in March, and all of the plants which bloomed in March (peas, strawberries, blueberries) produced well. But I didn't see many bees in April, and the April-blooming plants (plums, raspberries) showed the classic signs of poor pollination—not much fruit and very poor quality--plus the strawberry plants abruptly ceased production in May. Peaches were a more complicated case but followed the same pattern—last year they bloomed in March and produced fairly well while this year they bloomed in April and produced poorly. By May the bees were back and the May-blooming plants (tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers) produced prolifically, and in June strawberry production picked up again.
So I'm wondering why the bees disappeared in April both years. Any ideas you'd have about this would be greatly appreciated.