I’ve been wondering if bees sleep since I saw all these black bees zooming about in the early evening. They seemed to be chasing each other. Then they clustered on a few stalks of grass, jostling and fighting for the good spots, until they finally settled down. When I looked them up, I was told […]Read More Do Bees Sleep?
Just because it’s in the swath where I scattered sunflower seeds doesn’t mean this is a sunflower. I can understand mistaking a syrphid fly for a bee, or hemp dogbane for milkweed, or the various other misidentifications I have made. But you’d think I’d recognize a Black-Eyed Susan when every summer I walk around admiring […]Read More Wrong again
Already that huge sunflower has gone from a feast for bees to a feast for goldfinches.Read More The sunflower is dead, long live the sunflower
Presenting the big-ass sunflower that was just a tall weed that I hoped was a sunflower about a month ago. If you look close enough, you might see the bee on its face. And what’s the bee here for?Read More Sunflowers are feeding bees
You never know what’s going to turn up. This sunflower is one of at least three that decided to plant themselves in my yard. And none of them are the sprouts in the compost tub.Read More My Volunteer Army
Remember the potato in the worm bin? Today, I uncovered the latest batch of compost only to find these huge seedlings cheerily hoping for a bit of sun. They’re so big, they’ve got to be sunflowers. At least I hope so.Read More Sunflowers are sprouting (I think)