Doing our part for the honeybees
Tuesday July 22nd 2008, 11:03 am
Filed under: My Garden

back view of one of the gladsI stepped outside just now to snap some shots of the glads that have started to bloom, and the honeysuckle plant next to them caught my eye: a honeybee was buzzing in and out.  It’s a little overgrown, but if the plant is helping the honeybee population, I’m all for it.

I grew up on a street called Honeybee Lane, where honeysuckles grew wild and abundantly at the edges of the woods; we kids used to pull the stamens slowly to the base of the tiny flowers to taste that little bit of nectar in them.

The hummingbirds like the glads, and I can see them from our kitchen, their green flashing in and out amongst the bright pink.

More on the knitting later; I’m trying to keep it a surprise.  But the latest project, which I expect to finish this afternoon, is canna lilies translated into lace.  Although, looking at my glads, I realize it’s not too far off from being individual glad blossoms among their siblings on the stalk.

gladiolus and a little white honeysuckle behind it

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What a beautiful name…Honeybee Lane. For awhile I lived on “Lovers Lane” (how embarassing)but everyone my age knew “back when”.

I love the sound of hummingbirds flapping their wings. They are plentiful in Vermont.

Comment by Joansie 07.22.08 @ 11:30 am

I love Glads….Reminds me of my Aunt Gladys. She was as sunny as a Summer days and as Beautiful…to me…as the beauties in your picture! Thanks for them and your reminder of one of my favorite family members!
I too love hummingbirds…I think that if I was a bird I would be a hummingbird…& I know just who’s house I would frequent 😉

Comment by Sheila E 07.22.08 @ 3:07 pm

We used to suck the nectar from the base of clover blossoms (the big purple ones)
It’s why I have an affection for that shawl in your book :-}

Comment by Diana Troldahl 07.22.08 @ 4:49 pm

Gladys are one of my all time favorites, can’t wait to see the new project!

Comment by grace 07.22.08 @ 5:55 pm

Gorgeous! And I love the name “Honeybee Lane” – how pretty. 🙂

Comment by Romi 07.22.08 @ 8:51 pm

I have some more Glads blooming tho they dont quite have the beauty of yours with the varigated colors. The pink ones have faded and the orangey ones are blooming 🙂 I love em they are so pretty!

Comment by Danielle from SW MO 07.23.08 @ 6:36 am

I live in the only wooded area in Virginia with no honeysuckle! Gasp! How did that happen?

Comment by Channon 07.23.08 @ 6:42 am

What?? You don’t manicure your plants to the nubs?? WTG!! All the little critters need to eat & have a place to live in peace. 🙂

Comment by Toni Smoky-Mountains 07.23.08 @ 12:28 pm

Your flowers are beautiful and your stories are inspirational–one in particular reminding me to try to be patient, remembering that every life is a story–but the mystery I might never uncover is why some people choose to take out their frustrations on others. Thank you.

Comment by Scout4700 08.06.08 @ 7:03 pm

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