More About Spring Bulbs

They put a smile on my face! That’s the main thing I can say about spring bulbs–i.e. the ones that you plant in the fall and they emerge in the spring–even late winter.

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Tulipa tarda–one of the many “botanical” tulips

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Muscari–grape hyacinth. One of the most generous garden plants, will flower in sun or shade, dry or wet soil, and will naturalize easily–maybe too easily.

Galanthus nivalis--Snowdrop

Galanthus nivalis–Snowdrop

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Crocus and bee–what’s not to LOVE here?

This might be my favourite spring bulb--Fritilaria mealagris

This might be my favourite spring bulb–Fritilaria mealagris–aka Snake’s Head Fritillary.

Tete a tete daffoldils and scilla

Tete a tete daffoldils and scilla

 

Stay tuned for more design suggestions using spring bulbs…

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Bee “Arrival Sequence”

“Arrival Sequence”┬áis an expression used by some designers (not me I’m afraid, I’m far to common for that) to refer to the approach to your house–how you get there, what you see as you’re getting there, and what you see and experience once you’re there.

That’s my artsy way of introducing this bee.

This is one giant bee!

Bumble bee.

Bumble bee approaching.

 

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Bumble bee landing.

 

I love watching all kinds of wildlife in my garden, whether from indoors on cold or miserable days, or outdoors on warm unexpectedly sunny days in February. So when this bee that looked almost the size of a hummingbird flew by, I went outside to follow her (her?).

It doesn’t take much to attract wildlife to your garden, but unless you’re looking for it/them, you’ll miss tons of beauty and enjoyment. So as I mentioned in a previous post, get out that camera or phone, and stand in some likely spot, and just wait. You’ll be rewarded in no time with something like this:

Love that melodious background music!

I’ve been searching google to try to identify what kind of bee this is, unsuccessfully. If any of you can help me out, I’d appreciate it.