Some other garden scenes…
Posts Tagged ‘echium’
Posted in Bee to Flower relationship, Bee-loving flowers, Gardening, Growing flowers for bees, Videos, tagged bee-loving flowers, Bombus vosnesenskii, echium, Gardening, organic gardening on May 21, 2016| 11 Comments »
Posted in Bee to Flower relationship, Bee Video, Bee-loving flowers, Bumblebees, Crab spider, Macro bee video, tagged African Blue Basil, Backyard gardening, Bee Beard Log Hive, bee-loving flowers, Bees and St. John's Wort, bees on Oregon Coast, bombus Vosnesenkii, Bombus vosnesenskii, Carved log hive, crab spider, dahlia, echium, echium pininana, Grand Kids Log Hive, Hypearls St. John's Wort, iPhone 6 video, Leaf Cutter bees, Lobelia, Nepeta, Phacelia, Tower of Jewels, Walker's Low on July 30, 2015| 9 Comments »
I could have shot a bunch of stills of these bees pollinating flowers, but the video together with the music conveys so much more.
I hope you especially enjoy the leaf cutter bees demonstrating their petal cutting abilities and the crab spider attacking the honeybee…and missing! Hooray!
I shot some more video today (August 7) to show that the bees are still going strong on the African Blue Basil in August. It’s good to have something for them after the main nectar flow of blackberries. Jeff Kerker says that the African Blue Basil will produce flowers all summer.
Posted in Bee Video, Bee-loving flowers, Birds Foot Trefoil, Birds Foot Trefoil pollination video, Bumblebees, Butterflies, Hugelkulture, Log hives, Macro bee video, Music video, Natural Beekeeping, Tower of Jewels, Videos, tagged Acanthus Mollis, African Blue Basil, Bear Breeches, Bee pollinating Bird's Foot Trefoil, bee-loving flowers, beekeeping, Bees and Hidcote Hypericum, Bees and St. John's Wort, Bees on blackberries, Bombus vosnesenskii, Circus Marcus, Crow squawking, Deer eating plum, Deer netting, deer netting in raised beds, echium, Free Music Archive, Gardening, honey bees, hugelkulture, iPhone video, Log hive wood carving, macro nature video, natural beekeeping, nature photography, Nepeta, Oyster Plant, Swallowtail butterfly, Tower of Jewels, Walker's Low on July 9, 2015| 14 Comments »
I started this post out as a garden update, but we’re so happy about this new spot for bee flowers, I wanted to post it first.
Posted in Gardening, Raised beds, Solar Cooking, Tower of Jewels, tagged Backyard gardening, bee on Laurel, bombus melanopygus video, ceanothus, echium, Flowering cherry tree with bees, solar oven, Steve Montana, Sun oven, Tower of Jewels, transplanting on March 28, 2015| 10 Comments »
It should be raining sideways right now in March, but because the East Coast is grabbing all the cold air, we’ve been enjoying 66˙F weather on The Oregon Coast.
When I proposed using an old bird feeding station on the log hive, Brian Vorwaller went quiet. I don’t think he really wanted to see that old thing on top of his beautiful creation, so he asked me for another chunk of wood.
Posted in Bee-loving flowers, Bumblebees, Natural Beekeeping, Tower of Jewels, tagged bee-loving flowers, echium, Gardening, natural beekeeping, organic gardening, Tower of Jewels, Transplanting Tower of Jewels on November 13, 2013| 5 Comments »
But they ARE echium ‘trees’; more specifically, Towers of Jewels.
Last year the only one I had grew 10 feet (3 meters) in a single year. The bumblebees loved it. They worked it mid May til mid September. I kept thinking about collecting seeds, then forgot. Not to worry, I’ve got plenty of ‘upstarts’ now.
According to Palmbob, at Dave’s garden, trying to transplant it, ends up killing it, but these are still growing almost a month after transplanting. The Tower of Jewels is a member of the Boraginaceae family which includes borage (grows all year here) and comfrey which I planted 40 years ago and is still coming back. I’m hoping these will grow to be tall nectar sources for bees and butterflies.