Monday, June 27, 2011
This Morning in The Garden
I finally have some sunflowers to show you pictures of and
I don't have to keep digging up last years shots. I am forgiving them
a bit now that they are acting like sunflowers are supposed to and stop
all of that lollygagging along. I don't think I have ever had a orange one before.
These are my transplants. I had them growing out next to
the boysenberries but when we expanded the berries these guys
had to go, so I dug them up with a shovel and moved them in the yard
in my flowerbed. They seem to like it better. The conditions aren't so
See that little orchard bee on the flower? I stood and took
pictures as she was stuffing her little pollen sacks until there was
no more room. She would stop, and use her little legs to try and pack
the pollen a little tighter. She was buzzing quietly like she was talking
to herself and then she would work a bit more. The leaf underneath this
flower was just yellow with pollen that she had knocked off. She was
starting to get uncomfortable with me standing there watching so I
walked on, but it was really very cute.
A new pumpkin. The pumpkin patches are just filled with
flowers and new little green pumpkins. You know after my bees
went AWOL I was afraid of not having enough bees to pollinate.
I notice lots of different kinds of bees now, I guess it is because I am
looking. We have huge amount of these green looking bees that look
large like a meat bee but aren't. They dig little round holes in the sandy
soil and if you watch them the dirt goes flying like when a dog digs.
They all live where I have my green beans planted and I was afraid
they might sting me but they don't really pay attention they buzz
pretty loud but they are mainly concerned with what I think is there
own little hive. I have seen them sting a grass hopper and then drag
in in the hole and then wall up the entrance. So I imagine they lay
their eggs on the grass hopper and that is what the babies eat after
They are really fast so I haven't been able to get a close up of them.
We found a hummingbird nest in a cottonwood tree, the mama is sitting
on it. That is when I wish I had a telephoto lens. She just sits and watches
in her teeny tiny nest. I would love to see hummingbird eggs. I don't dare
get that close though.
Thanks for taking a walk with me. It was a beautiful morning.