With this strange rainy summer not everything is going as planned in regards to my flowers. The zinnias coming up are few and far between, most of the dahlias are still tightly budded, and the lantana is begging for the sun. Here and there we have a sunny day and then I see a bit of progress; some sunflowers are unfolding…
Others coming into more bloom..
I am particularly thrilled with the phlox, because I dug it up last year from a roadside area and here it is blooming for me. I had waded in and picked numerous amounts of wild phlox to use in bouquets for my son’s wedding. I pulled one up by the roots to plant here, hoping that would work and it did. And because it is from the wild, and not some hybrid thing , it has a heady scent.
It’s no secret that bees and butterflies are in danger and becoming scarce so when I didn’t see any bees for awhile I got worried but they came out when the sun did. They were staying in during the rain which was fairly non-stop.
One of the grandgirls told me the other day that she had “petted a bee” while she was here.
I did warn her that they could sting and that some people were allergic to them but honestly when they are this involved with a flower I can understand why her bee let her pet him and didn’t mind. They don’t mind my camera just inches away…she’s got me tempted to try petting one myself! Curious about that, I Googled bee petting, and there are others that do this and have lived to tell the tale.
Have you ever petted your bees?
This one does look fuzzy, soft and harmless, doesn’t he?
While it is easy to get a bee photo in the Rose of Sharon bushes when the blooms are wide open, such as the ones shown earlier of the pink bush, that is not the case when they are half open….there is a bee in this purple Rose of Sharon bloom, however:
They will crawl in and out of these as well as the trumpet vine blooms. They were also busy flying from one cucumber flower to another on this particular day.
Meanwhile I was asked to leave the vicinity so that this mama could deliver some dinner to her brood in the Rose of Sharon bush.
If you are not familiar with Mama Robin there’s a story called “Critter Warfare Around Here“ in regards to her relationship with my Blue Jay buddy. While she’s polite and ladylike with me, that is not the case when he comes around!
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