Godless in the garden


Godless in the garden

Welcome to gardeners, growers of veggies, fruits, flowers, and trees, backyard hen enthusiasts, worm farmers, & composters!

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If you like to dig in the dirt, grow flowers, putter around the yard, dig in the kitchen garden, raise backyard hens, or just like daydreaming about the garden, this is the place.

Many topics have been discussed in the archive.  Revive a topic by adding your 2¢ or start a new topic.

Everyone likes photos of the garden, so if you like to share photos of your prize dahlia, your favorite hen, or your first tomato, go right ahead!

Discussion Forum

How to Store Nuts

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Idaho Spud Feb 23. 3 Replies

Himalayan rhododendrons blooming 3 months early

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jan 22. 4 Replies

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Comment by Joan Denoo on July 5, 2014 at 11:44pm

Daniel, What a delight! The borage is so pretty and with the bees we get a bonus. Your camera does a beautiful job of capturing the images. I always look forward to reading your posts. 

Comment by Daniel W on July 5, 2014 at 9:52pm

Spud, with honeybees I can often catch them on camera when sipping nectar.  They seem to pause longer on each flower.  Bumblebees - at least here - don't pause as long.  Maybe their flight is slower between flowers?  Maybe they are faster at collecting nectar?  Or maybe they do not get as much nectar from a single borage flower, so they don't pause very long. 

Here is another photo attempt, taken just now.  One of many attempts.   I think the bumblebee is more clear.  Bumble bees have a cool name - their tribe name is "Bombini", their genus name is "Bombus".  Looks like the Western US Bumble bee is species "occidentalis", which gives them the whimsical name "Bombini Bombus occidentalis".     The domesticate honeybee is Apis mellifera, which I find kind of poetic.

Like you, I'm fond of bumblebees too.  Some bumblebee info- bumblebees.org

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 5, 2014 at 4:08pm

Plinius, I'm sorry you don't have time to garden, and so much of your time is taken-up with unpleasant work.

Daniel, I'm not sure what you mean by bumblebees being more mobile than honeybees.  Do you mean they fly further?  One reason I like them is they fly slowly, at least when they are in my garden, and that translates in my brain as not being a threat.  I think them being round and fluffy helps with that notion also.

Nice picture of borage flowers, even if the bumble is not well defined.  Perhaps I'll try to capture one with my camera one of these days.

Comment by Daniel W on July 5, 2014 at 3:22pm

Thank you Chris and Spud!  Chris, I was hoping you had some food or flowers from your beautiful rooftop garden.


Spud likes bumblebees.  They are more mobile than honeybees, which is saying a lot.  Which is interesting, considering they look round and fluffy, and Im surprised they can even fly.  Difficult to catch with the camera.  This is the best I could do, on some borage. 

Comment by Plinius on July 5, 2014 at 2:47pm

You don't over-post at all, Daniel! I'm just quietly enjoying all your garden posts, I still have no time to garden and I hate that - I'll have to wait for next year.

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 5, 2014 at 2:19pm

I don't think you over-post Daniel.

Comment by Daniel W on July 5, 2014 at 2:13pm

Joan and Spud, thanks for the comments.  I worry that I  over-post about things I like, like the bees.  Not a lot of people to share this with.  Not wanting to bore anyone with my obsessions.

Until modern chemical-laden times, clover lawns were common.  Grass seed often included clover.  The lawn I grew up on in the midwest had a lot of clover.  Then we got weed killers and nitrogen fertilizer, grass catchers and irrigation, and the modern carpet-like lawns resulted.

It's easy to convert back to clover.  We just don't use chemicals.  I did buy packages of Dutch clover seeds, and planted bare spots - mainly  mole hills - with clover.  When mowed in late bloom, the lawn mower spread the seeds all over, and the clover lawn results.  We didn't even try, it was just nature's way.

Clover adds a lot of nitrogen to the soil, so grass also benefits.  In the wet spring, it's mostly grass.  In the dry summer, mostly clover.  Listening in the evening, there is buzzing everywhere.

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 5, 2014 at 2:05pm

Daniel, your front yard i beautiful! I have never seen a glover yard before and it is just perfect. Your sunroom looks so pretty and I can just imagine how much pleasure you get puttering there. The bee photo captures the mood and value of clover in ways that will entice others to create such a haven for bees. Thanks for sharing. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 5, 2014 at 1:58pm

I like your front yard lawn, but probably not as much as the bees.

Comment by Daniel W on July 5, 2014 at 1:57pm

Joan, our garlic lasted until now, so it was ideal.  And now the new batch.  So glad you like it!  I like the idea of it as much as the real thing.  I love crushing it and using on spagetti with some olive oil and parmesan.  But I only do that on the weekend - people might have trouble with the scent if on a workday :-)


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