Saturday, July 26, 2008

Bolting for bees

When salad and herb plants flower and go to seed, they are said to have "bolted." If I were a good gardener (and not a lazy/too busy/laissez-faire one), I would have been pinching back everything to prevent this.

But then how would the bees spice up their diet?

They love the oregano:
The basil:
And the arugula:
They have other dining options, too. Such as sedum that is flowering profusely this year:
The hearty echinacea:
And the brilliant cosmos:
How I wish they would share their honey with me!

9 comments:

  1. One thing I've noticed about living out in the country, is that conventional farmers are totally out of touch with nature. In my little town, they spray malathion several times a week to control mosquitoes. It's also highly toxic to bees and other beneficials. So, guess what... I don't see many. They don't care. Convenience is the real God out here in bible country. The hell with Mother Nature and what's good for the planet.

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  2. I'm glad you are leaving some yummies for the bees - they are beleaguered these days and need all the help they can get!

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  3. I never really liked honey. I think I need to give it another try after all your honey bees.

    The echinacea flowers are so pretty.

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  4. These pictures totally rock! It's also clear that you are definitely NOT scared of bees!

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  5. Wonderful photos. I have always had an affinity for bees and, oddly enough, my name means "honeybee" in Greek origins.

    Lovely post.

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  6. Yeah, the overuse of pesticides is really a concern. I wish the farmers would understand that they depend on the bees!

    Zoomie, I'm doing my part!

    Julie, I don't think I've ever known anyone who didn't like it. Try it again; maybe your tastes have changed.

    Summer, they're completely oblivious to me in the garden. Wasps and hornets scare me, but not bees.

    Thanks, Melissa! I didn't know that's where the name comes from.

    Hi Pam! Thanks! Your garden is lovely, too.

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  7. Nice to see all that healthy bee activity. I don't see bees anywhere near as often as I used to. I used to really enjoy the sound of the bees drowsing around the garden on a hot day and I miss it. Good to know that your garden still seems to be full of them.

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  8. Julie, it makes me sad to know that so many gardens, and gardeners, are missing them.

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