Friday, June 26, 2015

A Sunflower and a Flower Fly


Swamp sunflower (Helianthus angustifolius)
 
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Usually these sunflowers bloom later in the summer, but I have a few that have popped up early this year. 
With temperatures hovering near 100*F every day, I think they think it is August!
 
The Flower Fly is happily sunning himself, too. He's actually a teensy tiny bee with 
yellow and black stripes.
 
We call them sweat bees around these parts because they like to sting you when you're 
working out in the garden and sweating. 
 
If you're not sweating, they don't sting you. 
 
Needless to say, I don't get stung. 


What's in your flower garden right now? 
 
Flowers? 
 
Sweat bees?
 
 Anything Interesting?


~Happy Gardening~



14 comments:

  1. It's winter here where I live so the garden is fairly dormant. The jonquils are beginning to flower though, they are about the only thing we will see for a month or two yet. Your sunflower is really pretty, I always like the deep yellow of them.

    Diana

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    1. Hey Diana, I have never had Jonquils in my flower garden but that might be something to add for next spring. Hope you had a blessed weekend!

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  2. Right now it is tomatoes, cucumbers, squash, cantaloupe, potatoes, Swiss chard, lettuce, sunflowers, petunias, wildflowers, pumpkins, and the list goes on.....Summer is great :)

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    1. Yum!!! No veggie garden here this year. Sometimes life just isn't cooperating. Maybe next year. :)
      I have never eaten Swiss Chard. How do you fix it?

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  3. Whoa, it's hot there, my friend! We have been having temperatures in the upper 80's, but we don't have the humidity like you :)

    Beautiful sunflower, sweet Anne. I had to smile at the mention of "sweat bees." :) Happy weekend to you!

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    1. Stephanie, it has been hot and humid but I can honestly say the humidity is nothing like FL! Thankfully, we had a cooler day yesterday and last night could leave the windows open. Later today, the a/c goes back on.

      Always lovely to see you, friend. :)

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  4. No sweat bees here Anne. But I do have plenty of the bumbly sort of bees, climbing in and out of all my roses!

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    1. Hey Barbara, Yes, we have lots of those bees too. I have never counted how many different types we have but there are a lot! Some days we can't walk out the front door without getting chased by the 'News Bees' as my husband calls them. He tells me they won't sting me if I stand still. They just want to tell me all the news that's going on in their community. Ha! I'm not listening. :)

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  5. I don't think we have sweat bees here Anne, but if we did I'd probably get stung....not due to sweating but because all bugs like to bite or sting me. It's a pretty yellow flower and the temperatures must have fooled it to bloom early. I can't imagine 100 degrees!! It's been unseasonably cool here and we've had a lot of rain as well so not the greatest weather for summer. Keep cool!

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    1. Send us some rain, Pamela! We are in desperate need of water. Everything is so dry and brittle. We had a few days of rain and I thought okay, time to go get some more plants and put in. Now they are struggling to survive. I have to add water to my fountain everyday because it evaporates so fast in the heat. It's really a fight this year to keep anything growing. Praising the Lord for a/c more than once so far this spring/summer. :)

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  6. i love your header - did you do that doodle? i am guessing that is cool to call it that? way cool!! ( :
    gorgeous blooms. i always think that summer comes earlier and earlier each year. ha. ha!! oh, i wish i could have know & i would have dropped by to see you in NC. Mom & I had a ball ... our 1st ever girls trips. hoping to do it again soon. so fun!!

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    1. Hey Elizabeth, Yes, that's part of an art journal page I 'doodled' a couple of years ago; three of my all-time favorite Regency books. :)
      Well, if you ever come back to the area, let me know. Would love to meet up for lunch!

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  7. That sunflower, plus that light = gorgeous!! My hydrangeas, daylilies, knockout roses, cone flowers and wild daisies are really popping in my flower gardens. In my vegtable garden, I have tons of tomatoes and cucumbers coming, and tiny peppers too. Lots of good stuff to look forward to!!

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    1. Debbie, Your garden sounds delightful! I would love to have Hydrangeas; maybe next year. :)

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