I was happy to see this little guy with pollen all over him flying around the garden.  We have not had as many bees in the garden as in past years, but there are still plenty flitting about from flower to flower, providing us with the lulling hum of their buzz.  Some days my favorite thing to do is go out in the early morning and sit close to the rosemary bushes or wherever they happen to be congregating that particular morning, and get lost in their hum.  It’s very therapeutic.

This little guy showed up one day (a volunteer from our compost we dumped in that particular raised bed).  At first I thought it was a squash of some sorts, then as it continued to grow I was thinking a type of melon and then when my friend Kendra was over she pointed out the flattened bottom and said “that’s a pumpkin”.  How silly of me – of course that’s what it is!  It’s now starting to turn orange.  The kids and I are so excited about our little guest in the garden – what a welcome face.

Luckily the peaches and nectarines didn’t ripen at the same time.  It was actually perfect.  As we finished with the peaches, the nectarines were ready.  These two trees are fairly young – the peach is about 2 years old and the nectarine about a year so we don’t get a whole lot of fruit (maybe about 2 -3 dozen) but enough to enjoy .  I love walking to my car to head out to work and grabbing a nice ripened fruit to bring for my lunch.  Yum!

Our first two potatoes 🙂  I can not wait to start harvesting the potatoes.  With the way the plants have been going, we should have a good crop – we’ll see.  These two were volunteers (or at least not with the rest) I must have left a seed potato in the other bed by accident.  But what a nice accident it was.  I uncovered these when I was pulling up all our onions (and boy did we get a lot of those).

Early August in the garden

Our first sunflower face to say hello 🙂

 

 

So, there is an awful thing occuring right now, there is a shortage of bees and entire colonies are dying.  Scientists are trying to figure out what’s happening.  But in the meantime our earth is suffering- we need honeybees- they are essential. 

At our house- we are not short of these magnificent insects.  I walked over by our bottle brush the other day (they look so great during this time of year- the red brushes are so vibrant).  Anyways, the bushes were humming.  Every bee in Sonoma county was weaving in and out of the brushes, doing what they do best – pollinating.  It was so cool to watch.  I tried to get some good shots but they were moving in and out so quickly it was hard to catch them.  I like this picture with the bee burrowing into the “brush” with it’s backside poking out.

I love to stroll through the garden and listen to the hum of flowers and plants, nature at work.  I know we are doing our part to keep these bees around (and happily fed). 

It is believed that if you have seasonal allergies, you should eat local honey to help keep your allergies under control.  We actually bought some honeybee pollen at the farmer’s market last week and are trying that.  I’ll let you know if it helps. 

    I Like this quote I dislike this quoteMorning is the best of all times in the garden. The sun is not yet hot. Sweet vapors rise from the earth. Night dew clings to the soil and makes plants glisten. Birds call to one another. Bees are already at work.

 William Longgood