I wrote a post earlier in the week about my pyjama walk in the garden. I did some work in the garden (edging, weeding, gazing) and then stopped for my morning coffee. I sat outside in the sun, to listen to the birdsong and the bumbling of bees.
First I admired the dwarf irises,
and then the tulip foliage.
Ziggy joined me. He became distracted by the low hum of a bumblebee amongst the irises.
These irises are bee magnets. This little pot is rarely without a visitor or two.
I love watching any type of bee, but bumblebees are especially endearing. Especially when they dive nose-first into a flower and tip up their furry bums.
Ziggy’s nose got a little too close. I uttered a low warning, and he withdrew.
Iris reticulata ‘Alida’ is still looking fresh, but ‘Katharine Hodgkin’ (below) is just starting to go over.
Her petals are getting more papery-thin, and just starting to curl back on themselves.
During my Pyjama Walk, I showed you this little dwarf iris. Here he is now in the sunshine, with crocuses behind. I love the sharp angles of this iris.
I have planted more crocuses under the apple tree. These look lovely with the sun shining through.
This is one of the longest-flowering plants in the garden, the perennial wallflower, Erysimum ‘Bowles Mauve’. It just took January and February off as annual leave, and is set to go for another ten months of the year.
Here’s another bumblebee visiting a crocus.
Bums to the sun!
I thought you might like a close-up of the frilly stigma in a crocus. Admire too the shadow of the stigma on the sparkly petal.
The stigma (the female sticky part, where the pollen lands) is a slightly brighter tangerine than the anthers (the male parts, where the pollen was produced). This crocus is just going over. The petals and the anthers have done their job and are shrivelling away.
I have planted 400 tulip bulbs in my raised beds. They are poking their snouts through the soil, wondering if it is warm enough to come out yet.
As the crocuses and irises go over, it will be the turn of the tulips. I can’t wait.
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