One thing I know: bees can never, ever have too many blanket flowers. Also, I have carte blanche to buy as many as I’d like next summer as I see them. So there’s that. Who knows where they’ll go? Maybe I’ll cut another garden in the lawn dedicated just to them.
Apart from being a neat shot of a bee, this picture of the Mesa Peach shows three different phases of the blossom. You see the one in full bloom, the fuzzy one has bloomed, and the one on the right that’s out of focus (maybe I should have picked a better shot of that?) and cut off is one yet to bloom. Maybe I’ll find another to illustrate the three in better focus.
In-flight is neat, though. And it’s a great bee!
Right at your face! Look at those full, full pollen baskets. I love ’em in flight. And I love beeface.
And that Mesa Peach…keeps on giving…
Love this little bee. And the blanket flower, too. This one’s straight out of the camera from July 2019. Great detail. Enjoy!
Two days in a row on the blanket flower – illustrating its range attracting pollinators. Beautiful bumble with some great detail!
These are some of my favorite bees. Also the mason bees that are metallic-looking. And, of course, the blanket flower always delivers. From early June here. The Blanket flowers start blooming pretty early in the season and go until a hard frost. The blossoms last for days and days and attract all kinds of pollinators from bumbles to natives to honeybees – even butterflies.
In other news, yesterday marked the 300th day of “bee of the day”. That’s a lot of bees. Expect some fun on the first of February to mark the anniversary.
In other other news, the traffic here is kind of slow. Please share it around to those whom you think might enjoy. And enjoy today’s bee!
Another fun shot on the Mesa Peach. Day has absolutely gotten away from me. Great pic. No time. Have a look at the pollen basket, though. Fantastic flower for the pollinators. Find some. Plant some. Say thanks later.
This one…won’t quit. Hunt’s bumblebee…or as I’ve christened it, the beadhead bee. Love the way it’s fur/hair looks so unkempt – always. And the blanket flowers just don’t quit. And I like the shape the bee’s making in this one. Seems to fit well with the flower – that elongated profile.
Another Mesa Peach. Actually several in the new parking strip garden. Finally saw bees on the blanket flowers there yesterday. Not the best shot – not the best light – but very cool that these decided to bloom this fall. And the bees decided to show up. It’s going to be magnificent in a couple of years. Full of irises. Wish the bees thought more of those blooms. Here’s today’s:
Have several new Mesa Peaches blooming now in the new garden in the parking strip. Sadly, no bees on them yet. But the mature one just keeps giving. Love the pollen basket on this one today. Also some new cone flowers in the parking strip. Saw a honeybee on one yesterday, but didn’t have my camera.
And the best laid plans…was going to shoot a lot yesterday but only managed ten or so minutes. Rained overnight and the temp dropped about 25 degrees so I’m not too hopeful about bees for today. Anyway, this is a good one!