Crocuses from March 11th

Click on any image in the mosaic to view the gallery.

 

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Bombus melanopygus

 

closeup of bombus melanopygus, the black-tailed or orange-rumped bumble bee
Hello!

Meet the black-tailed/orange-rumped bumble bee. She was very slow and methodical in harvesting a particular patch of crocuses, and let me take a lot of pictures. Here’s the first batch of them. Click individual images to see the gallery. Continue reading “Bombus melanopygus”

The crocus spring

closeup of purple crocus buds with raindrops on them

I started taking pictures of crocuses a few days ago, but haven’t posted any yet, because I’ve been pretty sluggish due to a bad cold/flu. But I’ve decided that I have more energy now, and also that I’m going to post them in sequential groupings until I get caught up to “real time,” so their development is clear. These are the first photos I took, on March 1st. It was a dark and rainy day, so I didn’t get a lot where my hand was steady enough with the macro lens at the necessary shutter speed for my satisfaction. But I kind of like these.

 

the battle continues

As explained in a previous post, this year I ran netting across the entire top of the veggie garden, because the raspberries and blueberries had decided to produce fruit at the same time. A great benefit to me in many ways, because it’s made walking around the plot so much easier.

Evidently others have found certain things easier too. Continue reading “the battle continues”

Netting

Garden netting is a pain in the ass to set up, but I do it every year because if I don’t, the birds get all the blueberries and raspberries, and after letting them have the cherries I draw the line. (I also like blueberries and raspberries a lot better than cherries.) Continue reading “Netting”

oddities

closeup of green leavesout of focus image of magenta flower on green backgroundIt’s the photos that are oddities, not the plants. Though one of the plants is a bit of a puzzle too.

The flower is herb-robert, no confusion there.

But the green plant—that’s a mystery. This picture was taken when it was just starting to emerge. It pops up every year and produces clusters of long spindly stalks with tiny purple flowers, and the bees LOVE it. I’ve tried and tried, but I have not been able to identify it. The leaves are long and narrow and pointed, somewhat like lavender, but we have lavender sitting right next to it—it’s not that.The stalks all come up from the root in a bunch, without branching; the leaves are not opposed (and when it gets bigger the leaves are much more spread out on the stalk). It has no noticeable scent—not to me, at any rate. Obviously something draws the bees.

 

Bleeding hearts

I took over 500 photos of flowers, yesterday, which sets me a fairly daunting task when it comes to sorting through them. So in the meantime, have some pictures of bleeding hearts from May.

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