|All Done Here|
|Patty Pans, or Flying Saucers of Squash|
|Pumpkins and More Blossoms|
|Rows are Like Lines; Color Outside the Box|
|Watermelon From Seed to Yellow Flowers|
Pollinators carry on the weight of the world on their hairy little legs. We depend upon the butterflies, birds and bees to procreate our food. In order for my magnificent blossoms to bear any fruit, I need to invite the bees.
Earlier this spring, I learned several important ways to bee friendly:
- To nurture the heart, remember that early pollinators need food: dandelions are the source!
- To create pollinator-friendly spaces, bomb the neighborhood with wildflower seeds.
- Observe where and when you see bees. Their love of hairy vetch surprised me.
- Stop with the chemicals, already. Just stop. Note that birds help with pests.
- If it doesn't rain, be prepared to water. We all need water.
I stand mid-garden among blooms of all kinds and white butterflies with painted black lines dance at my knees, fluttering up and down mini vortexes of air I cannot see.
Pollination is happening.
A neighbor once told me that her husband would never stand for flowers in the vegetable garden. Nature doesn't seem all that rigid to me, so I plant outside the lines and add Bachelor buttons because I like to see the color blue among orange and yellow vegetable blossoms.
Purselane and grass fill in the voids and turnips spread out wild and unfettered because I let them go to seed two years ago. Radishes make beautiful pink butterfly bushes in late summer. Marigolds come short and tall.
Just as the bees do, I love wild spaces splashed with unexpected variegated color. My Sunflower hints at purple or red. I'll know when it opens its head. Just like all the pumpkins bursting forth, gardening can be full of surprises.
Dinner is served, thanks to bees. The yellow crook-neck and patty pans compete for my dinner table and the first crop of beets is ready to devour. I'm anticipating blue potatoes because I've seen the flowers pollinated and know the turkeys keep the patch aerated and bug free.
Winter gardening has already begun. I'm taking advantage of my bees and their work ethic. I keep planting. They keep pollinating. We'll do this as long as the weather is agreeable to both parties.
And if the ground freezes before I harvest the turnips, I now know that they'll flower next year, and pollinate new turnips the following.
What we learn from the bees!
Linking up today with Abracabadra for Wordless Wednesday. All photos by Charli Mills from within her delightful, magical bee friendly garden.