Bee on Purple Asters

Bee photography in my friend Joan’s garden has been an interesting experience. Joan keeps two hives of bees. When we walk through the garden she knows which bees are hers. When I left the first time she gave me a jar of honey

My return trip to Joan’s I took her a hat of apple butter. As we sat outside, I was determined to photograph a bee on the purple asters. The bees wouldn’t land for long and my hand wasn’t that steady, coming up with lots of blurry shots.

My mother loved asters. Joan said last year she inadvertently cut them down to the ground thinking it a weed. And look at the gorgeous flowers now.

One more bee on a flower image.

My Friend’s Geraniums are Magical

These glorious geraniums on my friend’s porch are coming to the end of their blossoming season. But they’ll return next summer! We visited on her from porch this morning and captured these blooms, so amazing.

The very same plants. I’m not kidding.

How does she do it?

Here’s her method. Works for 5-7 seasons.

Get a large brown paper lawn bag, NOT plastic.

Take the geraniums out of the window boxes and knock off (gently) all the dirt that clings to the roots.

Place into the large paper leaf and lawn bag.

Carry to the basement. ( here in Pittsburgh we have basements, not sure what to advise other regions)

Thank you, TW. They are luscious.

And my friend wrote the directions I omitted -! “To continue those directions: next year, on May 1st, take the geraniums out of the bag. they will look very dead, leaves and flowers dry and brown. Cut the stems way back to where it looks green. Replant and water with Miracle gro. It will take a good month or more and all the sudden, you will see tiny leaves appear. Then, they grow on from there. A sure sign of hope and new life”. TW

The Neighbor’s Hydrangeas

I’ve seen quite a few photos of hydrangeas on other blogs lately. These looked especially lush.

I just received word from Happy DIY Home “We just published an updated, comprehensive guide on 27 perennial flowers that come back every year. It is completely free and you can find it here: https://happydiyhome.com/flowers-that-come-back-every-year/article with 27 Perennials listed. 
Check it out 

“The name hydrangea comes from the Greek words “hydor” meaning water and “angos” meaning vessel. Which together roughly translate to “water barrel”. This is because of the fact that hydrangeas are notorious for needing lots of water and the cup shaped flowers. The name, Hortensia, is a Latin version of the French word Hortense.” From plant Addicts click to read all about Hydrangeas

Thanks Kelly.

Bridal-Wreath Spiraea in Bloom

Cascades of white blossoms, like water spilling over the falls. This week the Spiraea is in full bloom.

“Spiraea prunifolia, commonly called bridalwreath spirea, is a species of the genus Spiraea, sometimes also spelled Spirea. It flowers mid-spring, around May 5th, and is native to Japan, Korea, and China. It is sometimes cultivated as a garden plant elsewhere. WikipediaScientific name: Spiraea prunifolia