Godless in the garden

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Godless in the garden

Welcome to gardeners, growers of veggies, fruits, flowers, and trees!  

 

Welcome  backyard hen enthusiasts, worm farmers, beekeepers & composters!

Location: Planet Earth
Members: 165
Latest Activity: 11 hours ago

Welcome to Eden!

If you like to dig in the dirt, plant & prune, grow food & flowers, or sit and watch as someone else does your landscaping, you'll find something here to discuss!

Selected topics, in no particular order:
Moon Phase Widget here. Moon phase topic here.
What's your gardening style?
Frugal gardening.
Backyard Chickens here. here. here. here.
Growing Fruits
Wild Parsnip - It can burn skin.
Why buy locally-grown plants?
Squirrels.
bees.
Cheap gardening.
Buy locally grown plants to prevent blight transmission here.
Grow lots of fruits in a small space, by backyard orchard culture.

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Comment by Čenek Sekavec on Sunday

It seems like all my garden plants have exploded into giantism, except tomatoes which are stunted and not growing well at all (maybe the soil doesn't agree with them?).

I found a pine tree growing only a few centimeters from the house, so I transplanted it with as much of the soil as I could. Is over-watering it a concern or should I keep it muddy for a while?

Comment by Idaho Spud on Sunday

Daniel, I get what you mean about bumblebees pausing at each flower less than honeybees.  I hadn't noticed that because I've not yet tried to take their picture, but I'll notice now.

Thanks for the bumblebee site, and I like the whimsical and cute name Bombini Bombus occidentalis.

Comment by Joan Denoo on Sunday

Good morning everyone. I slept in today so am getting into the garden late. The heat drives me in before noon these days. The garden is slowly coming back to its previous beauty. I filled the recycle bin many times and overflowed onto a big tarp. So much of the growth was weeds, and they went into the city recycle, and for the un-diseased, and non-weed greens, they went into the open air compost. 

My back hurts like the dickens and I do little exercises to strengthen my "core", as my physical therapist taught me. I am not able to lift as much as I did a year or so ago, and I attribute that to my ageing bones and skeleton. Just part of the new normal.

My right arm hurts, too, from all the clipping I do. A couple of Aleve takes care of that. So, all-in-all, I am a happy gardener enjoying the wildlife of my little nature sanctuary. 

I hope each one of you has a delightful day, just overflowing with good experiences and happy thoughts. 

Just sharing a beautiful sight that almost takes my breath away: 

You and I are a part of all this precious Earth and the universe is part of us. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on Sunday

I cringe whenever I see the lawn spraying truck come down my street.  

It sprayed the lawn across the street from me last week.  It was almost calm, so hopefully it didn't drift over to my garden.

Comment by Randall Smith on Sunday

Yes, Daniel, boooring. Just kidding. Love 'em. My neighbor sprays like crazy to rid his lawn of clover. Boo hiss. Wish I had my camera when I saw two honey bees sharing the same clover flower. Hoping they find their way to my melon patch. My basswood tree didn't buzz with bees as much this year. Fewer of them, I suppose.             Randy (yes, Joan, but either is okay) 

Comment by Plinius on Sunday

I love those bumblebee photos! And thanks for the support! We've had two very dry months, so my rooftop garden dried out and there was no time to water it. I also saw that the plastic crates I garden in start to desintegrate - after only seven years! I'll wait and try to find better containers when there's time left. So my garden is dry and wild; the one thing I did was plant garlic but somehow it didn't grow. There are the kitchen herbs, parsley, chives and rosemary - they always come back. And there was a big surprise; I tried to grow a hollyhock for four years in a row and no succes at all, but now there's one - from nowhere perhaps?

Comment by Joan Denoo on Sunday

Daniel, What a delight! The borage is so pretty and with the bees we get a bonus. Your camera does a beautiful job of capturing the images. I always look forward to reading your posts. 

Comment by Sentient Biped on Sunday

Spud, with honeybees I can often catch them on camera when sipping nectar.  They seem to pause longer on each flower.  Bumblebees - at least here - don't pause as long.  Maybe their flight is slower between flowers?  Maybe they are faster at collecting nectar?  Or maybe they do not get as much nectar from a single borage flower, so they don't pause very long. 

Here is another photo attempt, taken just now.  One of many attempts.   I think the bumblebee is more clear.  Bumble bees have a cool name - their tribe name is "Bombini", their genus name is "Bombus".  Looks like the Western US Bumble bee is species "occidentalis", which gives them the whimsical name "Bombini Bombus occidentalis".     The domesticate honeybee is Apis mellifera, which I find kind of poetic.

Like you, I'm fond of bumblebees too.  Some bumblebee info- bumblebees.org

Comment by Idaho Spud on Saturday

Plinius, I'm sorry you don't have time to garden, and so much of your time is taken-up with unpleasant work.

Daniel, I'm not sure what you mean by bumblebees being more mobile than honeybees.  Do you mean they fly further?  One reason I like them is they fly slowly, at least when they are in my garden, and that translates in my brain as not being a threat.  I think them being round and fluffy helps with that notion also.

Nice picture of borage flowers, even if the bumble is not well defined.  Perhaps I'll try to capture one with my camera one of these days.

Comment by Patricia on Saturday

I always learn good stuff from your posts Daniel, please keep doing what your doing.

 

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