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!


  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.

  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!

  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.

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

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

    Lovely post.

  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.

  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.

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