I love the kind of Sunday where, after church, all I need to think about is what we’re going to eat for lunch. Then, it’s out to the garden to pull a few weeds, take a photo or two, and gaze about at the fruitfulness of late summer.
The insects aren’t sleeping though. They are as busy as, well . . . bees. Bumblebees anoint Gaillardias. Orange and yellow butterflies cover the Zinnias and the Phlox paniculata. Does anyone know which butterfly this orange one is? I have them everywhere right now. The most popular flowers by far are the Zinnias, Z. elegans. Of course, with Zinnias, you get powdery mildew. If it gets bothersome, spray it with a natural fungicide like copper. I think it’s a small price to pay for butterfly visits. This afternoon, Bear and I saw a hummingbird too.
The one missing winged player is the honeybee, and this has me a little worried. However, after I spoke to two of the beekeepers at the farmer’s market, they reassured me somewhat. They’ve had no problems with their hives, and they said beekeepers in Oklahoma aren’t suffering unless they move the bees from place to place. They explained that moving bees is hard on their colonies and causes them to have more problems. I know the word is out though because while I finished purchasing some natural beeswax candles, three people came up and asked about Colony Collapse Disorder. The beekeepers offered to help me establish my own colony in my garden, but I don’t think so, because I don’t like being stung.
I’m also waiting for something besides aphids to visit my Tropical Milkweed, Asclepias curassavica. No Monarch catepillars yet although my friend, Martha, in Muskogee has them already. I’m hoping she’ll send some this way.
Please visit The Quiet Country House for more Sunday strolling or visit my GTS page for others participating in Green Thumb Sunday.