Monday, May 25, 2009

Swimming in Pollen

The bees are really coming out in force now. This is one of my favorite times of the year in Vancouver because so many things are blooming and it's not so bloomin' hot. This little visitor was swimming in the pollen of this Nootka rose, circling over and over again as if she didn't want to miss bathing in every grain of pollen. What a sensualist.

I like this little guy too, peeking over the edge of a ragged rose blossom.

Just a week ago the twinberries were just flowers, but now they also bear fruit. They are one of the unusual plants that fruits and flowers at the same time. Hummingbirds love this plant.

The bee-herding fence describes circles of bee dances.

Baby fruit ripening in the sun.

The bee garden is surrounded by lush green growth and a the living fence really anchors it into the site.

A spiral of buckwheat sprouts around three white sunflowers. The clover is starting to sprout too. I didn't water today because rain is in the immediate forecast. We need some moisture now.

Edelweiss? In any case, I'm happy to greet you.

The lupins are blooming, which means great bumble bee watching.

This little one visits our bee garden.

A woman does tai chi on the top of the hill. Sunflowers will soon be turning their heads to the morning sun.

A volunteer cornflower.

A pale yellow iris bows and yawns in the breeze.

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