Tag Archive 'flowers'

Feb 19 2014

More bees

Published by under Current Events,Outdoors,Snippets

I saw this article today on the BBC. Even more reasons to plant for the bees – bumblebees never hurt nobody. Well, OK, bumblebees probably hurt somebody at some point, but they will mostly leave you alone unless you stomp on their nest or pick them up off their flower. Bumblebees are the furry, dumbass teddy bears of the bee world. Plant some wildflowers for them.

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May 15 2009


Published by under Outdoors,Photos

Around this time of year, our yard smells just beautiful, because our four, fat lilac bushes are in full bloom.

This monster, which is between the house and garage, was just a collection of stumps and a thick ring of suckers when we moved in.  I’ve been slowly working on it and shaping it over the past few years.  It bloomed, but this year – the first year I was able to get it into a shape somewhat resembling the vase shape lilacs are supposed to have – it rewarded me with a great big display.

I walk out there a few times a day just to bury my face in those blooms and inhale.  Mmmm.

Lilacs are one of my favorite flowers.  I’m sorry they last for such a short time, but I sure do enjoy them while they’re here.

Plus, that color.  Yikes.  It gets me every single year.

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Sep 05 2008

Look, some pictures!

Published by under Outdoors,Pets,Photos

It’s a pretty gray day here, and besides that I’ve got a little anxiety knot in my stomach about things like winterizing the house and bringing home a new pet tomorrow.  So, I grabbed my camera and went outside to see what I could see.

First of all, can someone tell me what this stuff is? It grows wild, and it’s about 5-6 ft. tall.  The bees love it, and it smells amazing.  Starting in August, I think every bee in this area descends on this hedge. It hums until all the flowers are gone.

OM NOM NOM. . . oops, ladybug.  A bumblebee, frantically searching out every last blossom to meet her pollen quota.

Fields of gold. Our vacant property is covered in goldenrod.

And this one was taken the day after we came home from up north.  I call it “This sweatshirt smells like goats, man.”  “Totally.”

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