Saturday, August 29, 2009

Pulling Up Roots at the MOP Bee Garden

It's that time of year when if you really don't want something to set seed you have to cut it down or pull it out. Dragon's Head, or Dracocephalum moldavica is a member of the mint family, so it self-seeds readily. Since someone else will be taking over the garden next year, and most of the blossoms were spent, I decided it was time to pull the plants out to dry them and make tea. (I'll do a more in-depth post on that later.) The seeds on the dry parts of the plants rattle inside their individual pods, so they are just about to pop.

This sunflower was getting a lot of love on Wednesday. In this photo you can see a bumble bee, leaf-cutter, and a honey bee all feeding at the same time. That's why I love sunflowers--room for everyone!

Sharon and Jody and I cleaned and preened and watered in and around the garden beds in anticipation of our great big fall teaparty on Sunday Sept 13. Better get your plaid rags out of storage and dust off your sporran! It's a tartan and tweed dress code for this one.

This is a mystery plant I saved seeds from at UBC farm. I love the way the leaves smell.

This is nigella with its wierd and wonderful seed pods looking like internal organs from some part of the human body.

Syrphid flies and honey bees were fighting for space on the anise hyssop blossoms, even to the point of eventually chasing each other around the garden.

Agastache rogosa "Honey Bee Blue" grown from seeds I purchased from Van Dusen Gardens. I like the flavor of these leaves. They have a mellow licorice flavor without that sharp cat pee (sorry, but it's true) fragrance that some mints have.

Here is a daddy long-legs cowering in the shadows, hiding from a syrphid fly. Move it or lose it daddy!

And speaking of internal organs, here's a funny little apple growing in a corner of the garden.

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