Bonus – Everyone Loves the Squills

Including this black, thread-waisted wasp. Maybe not everyone. I learned that some say that the Siberian Squill is invasive and that it will take over a garden. So there’s that. Guess it depends some on the climate. They have kind of set up an autonomous zone under a cherry tree here…have to keep an eye ;).

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Another Squill Shot

Another one on a Siberian Squill (Scilla siberica)

Another one on a Siberian Squill (Scilla siberica). Think I got one on the tulips today, but haven’t taken the time to look yet. So you get another squill shot. Started to feel guilty, but decided that if it’s good enough for the bees – what’s for dinner – it’s good enough for me…and you.

Loving that blue pollen. I keep wondering what it might taste like…

In other news, a set of greeting cards is now available. Here’s a link (Greeting Cards) to what you’d get and how to order.

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That Blue Pollen Bucket

Honeybee on a Siberian Squill (Scilla siberica)

Got lucky today being able to do what I mentioned yesterday – that is, find a bee on a Squill and show the blue pollen. Not the best pic of the flower, but if you look close, you can see that the pollen on the anthers is a neat blue color…and that she’s been harvesting it. Watch through the spring and the summer how the color (and size) of the pollen varies from flower to flower.

The honey we get from our foster hives is interesting, too. In the spring, it’s a very light amber. In the fall it’s dark…almost opaque. And has a different taste (both are fantastic).

A few more of this series coming later. I really enjoy that blue pollen.

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