Monday, February 21, 2011

Bees Keep Doin’ It

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Sowed some flower seeds today in anticipation of summer.

Dwarf Fairy Candytuft – Thrown outdoors in a flowerbed in the front yard.  More were sown to propagate indoors.  The hope is that the front flowerbeds will be lined with the pink, low growing flowers.  These hardy annuals should only grow to 6”.  The summer heat may bake them to a crisp; but they will rise again in the fall.

Nasturtium Jewel Mixed -  The plant is low growing and the flowers are bright, bright, bright – usually orange.  The flowers produce seeds that keep the brightness growing.  A few seeds were sown in a hanging basket while others were tucked in with the sunflowers.  This could be an irresistible cocktail for the honeybees.  Please note that I misspelled nasturtiums (nastursiums) in the index and do not know how to correct that.  If someone would like to direct me, the error will be repaired.

Teddy Bear Sunflower – These were sown in the cinder blocks that frame the raised beds where I hope to have a successful crop of corn this summer.  Maybe the bees will be attracted to the sunflowers.  This dwarf sunflower will grow between 3’ and 4’ tall.  The double flowers are a puffy 6”.

On Saturday, I received a free sample of some Gardner & Bloome All Purpose Fertilizer (4-4-4).  It was just a dinky bag; so I sprinkled it where the sunflowers and nasturtiums were sown and watered generously.  Something should sprout in about 10 days and that’s the last day where frost might be a concern here in Bakersfield, California. 

Looks like summer is on the way.

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4 comments:

Lisa Paul said...

Yes, feed the bees! And native bees as well.

Do you know, when we let a local beekkeeper put his hives in our lavender field, a distant neighbor came over to demand that we move them because "your bees are getting on my flowers!"

Hocking Hills Gardener said...

What a fun looking sunflower. I like its fluffy blooms. Your candytuft will be so pretty. I sowed white ones two years ago and they have not bloomed yet. I am hoping they will this year. I have them lining one side of my sidewalk. I am getting impatient for them to bloom though LOL! Send some warm weather this way would you Maybelline so I can play in the dirt too. LOL!

Maureen said...

Fabulous Bee photo!!!!

Maureen said...

...and tee hee on Lisa Paul's comment:)