Wednesday, June 8, 2011

June 8/ Nature Notes

Flowers in my early June garden

The health of bees continues to be a global concern. Scientists are still not sure what causes colony collapse disorder, the phenomenon which results in the disappearance of honey bees that pollinate most of the fruits, berries, nuts and vegetables we eat.

So far this spring I have seen several kinds of bees in my gardens. You can see two different kinds on the Purple Sensation allium in the largest square. There are no bees captured by my lens in the rest of the photos but I have seen them on all but the iris,  Bumblebees are especially crazy about the Bulgarian onion! (And so are hummingbirds.)

Largest square and then moving clockwise: bees on Purple Sensation (Allium), oriental poppy (papaver oriental), Bulgarian onion (Allium bulgaricum), light blue Siberian iris, orange azalea, and Spanish poppy (Papaver rupifragum)


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25 comments:

Judy said...

Beautiful flowers. I know I've seen plenty of bees around here, but I haven't noticed if they were the same or not. I'll have to take notice now.

Cezar and Léia said...

Your garden has precious flowers, they are adorable!
Léia :)

Leif Hagen said...

Your garden must be another big hobby! Lots of work and weed pulling sure pays off for you! Another splendid floral collage! Bravo!

Sandra said...

i can see why it is named purple sensation. beautiful flowers

Kaori said...

You must have a very large and well kept garden! These flowers are lovely :D

Lorna said...

I've never heard of a Bulgarian onion, but I think I'm crazy about it too.

Small City Scenes said...

Wow, EG, the colors just pop out. Super shots. And you didn't think Spring would ever come and now you are already thinking Summer. LOL MB

Paul said...

Bees are pretty sensitive and I think we have been most likely not cautious enough with the various pesticides used. Without the humble busy bees we would be stuffed unless we each spent several hours each day with a small paintbrush on pollination . Two of my favourite flowers here the poppy and an iris too. Paul at Leeds daily photo

texwisgirl said...

beautiful...

Craver Vii said...

I do not recall ever seeing or even hearing of the Bulgarian Onion before. Thanks for the introduction!

Betty Manousos@ Cut and Dry said...

what a fantastic flower mosaic!

love it!

what a beautiful garden you have.

Carver said...

You have so many beautiful flowers in your garden. I have a number of different kinds of bees too. I know that the decline in some bees is a big concern but my wild garden is full of them.

Rose said...

The poppy always makes me think of Sarah, Lorelei's mom...she really loves them. I like everything here!

Jacob said...

You must have a terrific garden. These are gorgeous!

Dawn said...

These are absolutely beautiful! I always applaud when I see a bee around my garden:)

Francisca said...

You have time to work, photograph AND garden? Superwoman! Lovely flowers in your garden... and yes, hear about the bee problem, and yet I'm seen more blossoms this spring than ever...(?)

Kathy said...

Bulgarian onion is a new one for me. It's very pretty but I'll bet it smells like onion!

Ann said...

You must be a busy and hardworking gardener. Such lovely flowers. All my time is eaten up by my computer.

On Sat, my son asked, Mum why don't we gaden again and have organic food? He's hinting?

kaye said...

gorgeous and I love the shot of the bee. I haven't seen any bees yet this year.

Jedediah said...

The colours are striking! I've seen a few different solitary bees this year on my walks and a few honeybees. There are some hives I can see on my way to work from the subway (which goes above ground mostly) and they are clearly very busy.

Crafty Green Poet said...

Lovely collage of photos, such vivid colours! I've seen a good number of bees this year,

Arija said...

Importing of queen bees has also imported the diseases they carry. That is one of the problems we have here. We have wonderful native bees but the problems of the imported varieties is rampant here too.
Lovely flowers.

Rambling Woods said...

Pollinators are in trouble... good thing they have your garden to use

MyMaracas said...

So many beautiful and unusual flowers. I'm sure the bees are very happy in your garden.

eileeninmd said...

Beautiful flowers and a great post. The colors just pop. Gorgeous photos. I know the bees are happy in your yard.

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