Tuesday, November 11, 2014

While The Sun Shines

Beautiful fall afternoon yesterday. I have no complaints; it's been a stunning season. And it's probably over. Rain moving in today and and a serious arctic blast to follow. Time to turn on the water heaters, figure out unfrozen water for Del Boca Vista, plug in the new cat (and hopefully not possum - don't ask :-o) beds in the condo, plastic up the chicken coop...

I felt a bit like Calvin and Hobbes or Bart Simpson...or myself...yesterday, trying to fit in a little bit of everything I wanted to do just a little bit more of before summer fall vacation was over.  I took some pictures of the office cat at the vet's in town, rode Hickory, helped a friend block a scarf, did a tiny amount of spinning on the porch, took pictures of some pretty yarn (maybe a Yarn Along post tomorrow???) and watched the bees working the blanket flowers out front.


I've covered them for the first few frosts and they are blooming strong.  I'll keep doing that until it doesn't work any longer.  The bees have worked them heavy all fall.  22 degrees on Thursday will probably do them in. The flowers, not the bees.


In fact, just to prove how smart and hard working bees are, they've been showing up in the mornings a good bit before I remove the covers.  So, they are remembering the flowers are there, not just randomly circling around and seeing the color.


Honey bees, bumble bees, little green bees.  Hopefully it's helped them store up for winter.  I'm afraid it's going to be another hard one.


Enjoy!


17 comments:

Dreaming said...

How interesting that your bees know where those flowers are hiding. I hope you can keep them going through the coming arctic blast.

The Dancing Donkey said...

Honey bees never forget, even later generations will know to check that spot. There is a term for it, it's called 'flower fidelity'. I've always liked that phrase:)

small farm girl said...

You take such beautiful pictures! Oh, and you are making us lazy people look bad. :0)

Tyche's Minder said...

I'm assuming today's my last day to prep for the cold. I'll be working to beat the rain this evening. Oy. The next week or two may be interesting. Or trying. Or both. :-0

Susan said...

Sun? Whatzat? Lovely, lovely photos, as usual... :)

Mt Devon Meanderings said...

We dif woke up to cold and blustery winds here. It's gonna be an inside knitting and wool play kinda day here. The cold hurt when I went out to do chores this morning.

LL Farm said...

BEAUTIFUL PICTURES!
73 degrees here in Ohio today...suppose to be mid 30's Thursday...may have our first fire of the year ;-)

Suz said...

....don't say that!!!!!!!!!!!

Far Side of Fifty said...

Good of you to save the flowers from freezing...you are the bees friends! We are North of the big snow...the big city dwellers are really suffering with it I hear...southerners ya know:)

Terry said...

It's still so beautiful and green there. We are deep into the arctic blast. Single digit high for tomorrow.

Sheepmom said...

How refreshing to see greenery and flowers! They haven't been gone that long here but it seems like months. The grass is still green but it's a tired brown sort of green. Thanks for the great pics and more bee info.

Lori Skoog said...

We've had very similar weather. 70 and brilliant today with the polar express on the way.

Spinners End Farm said...

Verra nice. Our world is covered in crunchy, glittering white. Probably forever.....

Susan Mckee-Nugent said...

How amazing the bees KNOW! Not sure why I am amazed.....animals seem to be ahead of us in many respects.
Calvin and Hobbs indeed, LOL

Jody and Stan said...

Thanks for sharing your beautiful photos!
Jody

Lisa Smith said...

It is so reassuring to know that, in your part of Kentucky at least, the bees are tanking up for the cold weather ahead. . . . Thank you for everything you do for every living thing!
Warm Regards from Lisa in Oregon :-)

Shirley said...

Ha- I haven't seen that spam commenter for a couple of years, didn't think he was still around! Anyway- blanketing the blanket flowers? Anything to make the blooms last a little longer.

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