Wednesday, June 17, 2009

The Bee and the Borage

I don't feel that this is true bokeh as the background doesn't include obvious point of light sources. In any case, it was fun trying to capture this bee at work - he going about his business and I to mine. This bee, and others just like it, are especially attracted to the borage and kumquat blossoms that are grouped in one area on the terrace. When the windows are open, I can hear them buzzing around while I'm working at the pc! An oversight is that I neglected to include flowers in planning the garden. Now that I know how much the bees love borage (they're constantly visiting the same plants throughout the day), I transplanted one of the potted borage to the rear garden where most of the veggies are grown, in hopes that the plant will naturalize itself and entice more of nature's hard workers.

Average daytime temperature: 22°C / 72°F

9 comments:

  1. am amazed that you have 2 gardens!

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  2. Once you have Borage you will have it for life as it seeds everywhere. Blue is a bee's favourite colour! And Borage flowers and young leaves can be used in salads or floated on drinks like Pimms! Val

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  3. Kat - I'm a glutton for punishment. The front is actually more of a yard, with fruit trees and veggies here and there in containers and around the edges of the lawn. The back is all veggies and fruit trees. I wish I could take over the neighbor's vacant lot next to ours which is nothing but weeds. Too bad they're not friendly.

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  4. I understand having bad neighbors. Money might make them friendlier.

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  5. Beautiful photo! Borage should self-seed - all over the garden. It grows here all along the sides of the roads and on any rough uncultivated ground. And, yes, it's good to have in the garden because bees love it. Unless they're very young, I think it's better to cook the leaves because they are quite prickly when raw. There's a recipe on my blog, mediterranean-cuisine.blogspot.com, for borage and cheese parcels which were nice.

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  6. Rowena that is a fantastic photo! I love it! You can see the little hairs on the bee and how he clings to the stamens. Nice work.

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  7. Chaiselongue - cheese parcels sound great (just the thing for this weekend's bbq). I've already made a few ice cubes with the flowers...they are so pretty in a drink.

    Gail - thanks, but now after having seen Obama and the fly, I think I might try a different subject for awhile. Flies are difficult to capture in front of the lens!

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  8. That is the most beautiful photo - of both bee and borage - complimenti. Love the idea of putting flowers in the ice cubes, too. We had borage forever, but not much this year. Lots of bees though, and they love lavender, too.

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  9. Farfalle - of bees and butterflies(!), it's always a delight to see them at work in the garden. In fact, the task of weeding seems less of a task when you've got these wonderful insects in your company!

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