Archives for category: pollinators

Wildflowers, I hope, and not weeds. Read the rest of this entry »

This is yesterday’s box. It’s posted today, out of order, because I went out and planted the rosa rugosa immediately instead of blogging! I also planted the bleeding hearts: Read the rest of this entry »

I started planting the white clover around the garden two days ago during the warm rain. (See here for clover’s stacking functions). I want a solid border of clover round the entire garden, and not enough clover volunteers self-seeded to achieve that, alas.

Before I scattered the clover seeds, I ripped out all the quack grass clumps and raked away leaves where they had blown up against the fence. After I scattered the seeds, I “punctured” the soil with a heavy metal rake to create irregularities, so the rain didn’t carry all the seeds away. After I had disturbed the soil in these ways, I noticed that the soil was a lot softer than last year, and there were lots of worms. Could have been the warm rain, I guess, but I’d like to think the clover broke the soil up and made it better. Readers? Any experience with this?

This is not a contender for Greatest All-Time Video, Honey Bee Division. I haven’t yet mastered the art of using the iPad for an action shot, and my compensation for its off-center lens is especially bad. (Shooting with the iPad is like shooting with an old rangefinder Leica*, except you have to offset the shot by inches, not fractions of an inch.)

The… Well, it’s not a crocus, it’s an Invasive Blue Flower Bulb Thing, but the IBFBT at the top center of the video is shaking because a bee is collecting nectar and pollen from its flowers. Then the bee makes its way out from behind the flower, and then it suddenly veers off. On to the next!

However, this post lays down a marker of when the first honey bee appeared (or, to be more precise, the first honey bee I could capture on video; the first bee was perhaps a week ago; I’m too lazy to do the search right now.

* * *

I wish!

Thinking back to the Leica III I paid too much for in a Cambridge pawn shop, and then lost, somewhere along the way… The iPad and the Leica are alike in that both are extraordinarily elegant and compact machines with glass at the core of their being — the iPad feels like a monadic glass slab, even if it isn’t — and both machines create, in the user, a sense of intimacy; they come to the hand in exactly the right way.