- 18/11/2016I Come to the Garden Alone...
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Leaving the house this morning I couldn't help but notice how the roses were still in bloom, even in mid-November.
I was then reminded of that old hymn... I come to the garden alone, while the dew is still on the roses.
- 06/11/2016Hvar, Croatia, is known as the island of sun but also the island of lavender. Lavender fields are different than fields of Provence with its regimented rows. Massive tufts of lavender grow up to 1.5 meters in height in apparently random fields between stone walls and massive piles of cleared limestone.
Three major fires in the last two decades have been almost completely destroyed the Hvar lavender plantations. Thanks to the persistent growers, Hvar still exudes the scent of lavender.
- 26/10/2016Hawthorn berries all ready for the birds, the River wharfe is in the background, this picture was taken yesterday whilst walking in the Yorkshire dales National Park at Burnsall, I'm hoping to highlight some of this weeks pictures in a buzz later this week!
- 25/10/2016Stumbled across these lovely pink roses yesterday looking very good in the early morning October sunshine!
- 23/10/2016A simply beautiful day of nature sightings. @Andrew Porter - would love your input on the interesting plants!!!
Comments25/10/2016 #9 Andrew Porter#7 Well I thought they were flowers going by the picture @Irene Hackett but now you have clarified they are pods I can name the tree.
It is a Koelreuteria elegans which is commonly known as a Golden rain tree, the flowers are butter yellow, it then bares the pinky red fruit pods, there you go!24/10/2016 #5 Andrew PorterThanks for the tag @Irene Hackett the birds are nice...now to the nitty gritty.
The plant in the bottom right which is only showing green leaves and some seeds is a Crinum lily or Spider lily from the family Amaryllidaceae shame you didn't catch it with flowers, but they are white! as for the one to the left I am only able to guess as I am unable to get the perfect close up.
So my best guess is that it is a species of Mussaenda which is a tall shrub or tree with pinky peach flower petals, I was trying to see if there was a small distinct yellow flower within the pinky petals but am unable to do so, as this would have identified it perfectly, hopefully this will have been of assistance to you, if not let me know!23/10/2016 #3 Pamela L. Williams#2 It is beautiful there. I lived on the Space Coast for 8 years. My daughter was born at Cape Canaveral Hospital and saw her first shuttle launch at 3 weeks old! She slept right through it actually! But it was the first post Challenger and I wasn't going to miss it!23/10/2016 #2 Anonymous#1 Aw, so nice of you to say so @Pamela L. Williams! Believe it or not, the sand cranes are sitting right outside my front door today, and relaxing in the great weather we are having in Central FL today!! Mid 70's, & no humidity. The hawk and and the pink blooms were on a trail we walked not far from where we live and the strange bulbus green plant is in front of our complex, planted on the Westin Hotel forefront - we are blessed to live in such a beautiful area :-)
- 22/10/2016The leaves on this Euonymus alatus which is in my garden are now changing from a light green to a lovely shade of pink.
- Producer18/10/2016Song Titles Relating to Flowers!!....Is this Horticulture or Music?Whilst browsing my music library looking for songs I noticed that quite a few of the songs mentioned rose or roses in the title...'thought bubble' what an unusual idea for a buzz! songs that incorporate plants in their titles, how will this...
- Producer17/10/2016Teasel....I Teasel You Not!!Whilst browsing beBee last week I came across a picture of a plant that had been shared by Kevin Pashuk, and I commented that it was a wonderful picture with some great detail...anyway Franci Hoffman also commented, and it was mentioned if I may be...
Comments18/10/2016 #10 Andrew PorterThank you @Alexa Steele, @Pamela L. Williams, @Donna-Luisa Eversley, @debasish majumder for all your appreciative comments I am pleased you all enjoyed this post about teasel.
Nearly caught you out with this Donna!
Pamela I'm not sure about that title, although it does come across quite well!17/10/2016 #3 Franci Eugenia HoffmanThis is very interesting @Andrew Porter, and thank you for writing a post on Teasels. The flowering Teasel is quite pretty and looks more delicate than those without the dainty little blooms. And how fun you can make things with them.
Measles and weasels give me the queasles
but, they don't dare come my way
when I'm armed with my Teasels
It's going to be a good day!
- 12/10/2016This photo recently became one of my all time top 5 photos on 500px.
It proves that even prickly things (and people) can have a beauty about them.
Comments17/10/2016 #11 Kevin PashukRead @Andrew Porter's great explanation of Teasels here: https://www.bebee.com/producer/@andrew-porter/teasel-i-teasel-you-not
- 12/10/2016Dacoma (the yellow flowers) tree, Haar Singhaar (the pink belles) creeper, a Ficus tree and hairdo of a female Elephant Palm with others this autumn :) @Aurorasa Sima @Franci Eugenia Hoffman
Comments11/10/2016 #2 Andrew Porter#1 @Sophie Perrin thanks for the tag, nice picture @Nawab Ahmad this looks like an Hibiscus a genus of flowering plant in the mallow family (malvaceae) this is a very large genus that comprises over seven hundred species.
They are less commonly known as Rose mallow, the flower colours range from white to pink, red, orange, peach, yellow or purple.
And as far as I am aware the Hibiscus is the national flower of Haiti, they are grown for the showy flowers which are great for pollinating insects including butterflies and of course bees! hope this helps
- 07/10/2016What about this one @Andrew Porter? Do you know what it is? I took this picture in Madeira Island too but I have no idea about the name of this plant.
Comments07/10/2016 #1 Andrew PorterHello Sophie thanks for the tag, yes this is another Carpobrotus of which there are around 13 species, flowers pink, white turning yellow, leaves can also be reddish green as in your picture, they were a genus of mesembryanthemum but are now in their named genus, hope this helps if not I'm always buzzing around somewhere on beBee!
- Producer05/10/2016Our namesakes the Humble Bee.....and how we can help!!We bees are doing our best to pollinate the enhancement of beBee, but what about our namesake the humble bee who is very much on the decline in areas all around the world, bees are a very important insect because they pollinate a third of everything...
Comments08/10/2016 #33 Andrew PorterThanks for some more relevant information Pamela and the link which is a great way of pointing out that one is against the use of these products, although banned from use on flowering crops by the EU in 2013 and opposed by the UK government, the NFU (National Farmers Union) in this country succeeded in getting a temporary lifting ban in 2015, but this year's application was not granted the NFU have said they will continue to apply for emergency use of these pesticides.... https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/may/13/mps-vote-against-emergency-use-of-banned-bee-harming-pesticides08/10/2016 #30 Pamela L. WilliamsAndrew, for those in the U.S. and maybe even internationally, the Natural Resource Defense Council has started a campaign to stop the manufacture of neonicotinoids, which is a pesticide known to have kill bees. In many countries the use of this pesticide has been banned but the U.S. continues to be a major customer. If you follow this link and do to the bottom of the post you can join the campaign by allowing the NRDC to send a letter on your behalf to the major importer of this product. https://www.nrdc.org/stories/buzz-about-colony-collapse-disorder. SAVE THE BEES! Stop the use of neonicotinoids in the U.S!!!07/10/2016 #26 Jena BallNice piece on the plight of real bees and what BeBee bees and do about it. I will post to my educator forums as well since all my programs include projects to teach kids kindness and give them a chance to make a difference in the real world. Wouldn't it be great to include helping bees as part of one of those projects?07/10/2016 #19 Aurorasa Sima#18 Creatures adapt. If you would put a person from hundreds of years ago in our environment, they´d probably die from air pollution. That´s not a reason to stop caring or fighting. It´s a legit reason for hope.
The cynic in my says that we overestimate the importance of our short-lived existence in the big picture. It might be too ambitious to think we could destroy the earth.07/10/2016 #14 Aurorasa Sima#11 Love that, Andrew. I try to buy as much organic as I can. If you mean this article: I´ve read it (ages ago (; ) https://entomologytoday.org/2015/10/13/glyphosate-acetamiprid-low-toxicity-honey-bees-2/
- Producer04/10/2016The Dark Winter days and how you can brighten them up!As summer once again fades in to autumn I thought I would give this buzz an update, because winter is just around the corner...and so as the trees now turn colour from green to brown, gold, red and orange (which reminds me of beBee!) we should look...
- 01/10/2016We rely on plants for food and for our health....122 compounds have been identified in modern medicines that derive from plants, but there are also plants that can seriously harm us as seen and documented on this video!10 Plants That Could Kill You Let’s face it, plants aren’t really scary. They’re certainly not going to chase you down and bite your neck like a lion might do. But, that doesn’t mean...