It’s starting to look like the mystery plant will be revealed. Perfect round balls are developing ridges. Acorn squash again. Every fall, I keep getting various squashes, but I’m no longer sure how much I actually like winter squash. So I no long care that I probably won’t enjoy the fruits of the mystery plants. […]Read More Let the bees eat squash
Along with the butterflies and the bees and the birds, there’s a syrphid fly I’ve been chasing. A bee mimic, to be precise. Mostly likely Eristalis tenax, to be even more precise. It’s the kind of fly that looks just like a bee but it doesn’t exactly act like a bee. Bees methodically go from […]Read More I’m running out of cute ways to refer to bee flies
I wish I could get the camera to convey the abundance of bumblebees on the goldenrod today. The sun is back and it’s found a perky stand of goldenrod in full color. Lots of bumblebees have found it too. Usually I could spot at least six or seven on it at a time. In this, […]Read More How many bumblebees do you see on the goldenrod?
I’m beginning to think we’ll never know what the mystery plants are. The grey weather has descended. Some of the leaves are showing a dusty white rust of doom. But still the various mystery flowers open a bright yellow. Still they are foolish enough to keep setting fruits. And at least one green Agapostemon bee […]Read More Will the mystery plant remain unsolved?
Usually the hostas flower in June and that’s it. But now with the cool weather, a clump of hostas up on the hill are flowering again. They even have bumblebees in them, getting pollen pasted on their butts. It’s nice to see them flower again, but it feels like another sign of weird weather this […]Read More Cool weather revives hostas too
I enjoyed hosting today on the Life-Friendly Garden Tour. Nice people stopped by and let me show off my bees. If you’re interested at all in bees, you know about honeybees going missing. If you want to help honeybees, the best way is to keep a hive. It’s not hard, so they say, and it […]Read More A day of good bee hunting
Every year in Watertown, we have a Life-Friendly Garden Tour, in which gardeners who don’t use chemicals in their yards open their gardens for you to see. This year, I finally signed up to be a part of it. After all, not using chemicals is pretty important if you want to give the bees a […]Read More Come see my bees
Never mind the rain, here’s a green bee, Clad from head to tail in a green sheen. And here’s where I give up on Finding a rhyme for Agapostemon.Read More I got nothing but a green bee
Bees! When you look at this wall of grape leaves imagine you hear buzzing.Read More What’s behind those leaves?
August started early in the goldenrod. They’ve been flowering for a couple weeks and bees love it. I’ll try to catch more pics of the little bees later. For now, here’s a bumblebee, a honeybee, and a mystery wasp.Read More The usual suspects are in the goldenrod