Yesterday, looking at the weather radar, I had expected that we would catch the edge of a weather system that was being pushed up from the southeast. Which is what usually happens. Instead, the system ended up going right over us, and we had heavy rain all day and most of the night. We are … Continue reading Bee rescue, and new sign started
While doing my morning rounds, I decided to check the sunflowers and, sure enough, the bee I saw yesterday was still there! I did confirm that it's still alive; when I brushed a finger near it, a single, pollen covered back leg lifted up to warn me away! It's simply too cold and wet for … Continue reading Sleepy bee is still there!
While doing my rounds this morning, I was specifically looking to see how things held out after the colder than predicted overnight temperatures a couple of nights ago. Quite a few heads are at that drooping/maturing stage. Others are still in their early stages of blooming. It isn't unusual, in these cooler mornings, for me … Continue reading Our 2021 garden: sleepy bee, a pretty harvest, and more rain to come?
Awww... I found a snoozy bee this morning! The Re-Farmer
Today is likely to be the last hot day of the year. As I write this, we are currently at 26C/79F, with the humidex at 30C/86F. We are expected to reach 28C/83F with the humidex making it feel like 31C/88F. We are supposed to get a couple more days in the mid to low 20's … Continue reading Our 2021 garden: still growing!
A lovely little bee, laden with golden pollen, on a Hopi Black Dye sunflower! I was very happy to see it this morning. Strangely, I have not been seeing very many pollinators since we finally got rain. We still have flowering summer and winter squash, beans and peas, along with the sunflowers. With the sunburst … Continue reading Golden
The predicted rain never came today, but then, neither did the predicted high of the day, so I went ahead and watered the gardens in the late afternoon. Having mentioned the Ozark Nest Egg gourds in my previous post, I just had to get a picture when I found this. A single Ozark Nest Egg … Continue reading Our 2021 garden: more brightness
I just have to start with the exciting part. We actually got rain today! Okay, so it was maybe only for about 20 minutes, but it was a nice, gentle, steady rain, and enough that after several hours, the ground is still damp. Not only that, but we've got a 90% chance of more rain … Continue reading Our 2021 garden: some growth, some critter damage, and WE GOT RAIN!!!!
Let's start by enjoying this lovely photo I was able to get this morning. There were two bees on this sunflower, busily pollinating! A nice, cheerful burst of sunshine. I feel like I need it right now. I had intended to use my mother's car to run some errands in town today, just to get … Continue reading Appreciate the beeauty
Last spring, we picked up a bug hotel, to encourage the local pollinators. The top has slots for butterflies, the sides have bamboo tubes, and the middle has pieces of wood cut in such a way that, stacked together, they create holes. These were for native bees, such as mason bees, which do not build … Continue reading Follow up: bug hotel