How lucky we've been here with all the blue skies this past week! Outside yesterday afternoon I found a few happy surprises.
The honeybees were busy going from flower to flower on the sarcococcas. They didn't stay long on each flower, and I learned why after reading this post on The Gardens at Melissa Majora Honeybee Sanctuary blog. It has to do with a natural insecticide in each flower that prevents just one pollinator from staying too long. I was surprised at how many bees were out and how busy they were. This picture was the best I could do, I deleted so many, that I finally gave up.
On the same shrubs I found this cute ladybug.
When I came back later she was trying to disguise herself as a berry.
There were even bumblebees buzzing around looking for a sunny spot. I was able to get a picture of this one while it rested on the side of our house. I'm so happy I learned how to use the macro setting on my camera. I really enjoy seeing the details and how soft he looks, almost like you could pet him. There was another one about the same size flying around, but it was mostly black.
This appears to be a heuchera courtesy of the birds. I'll move it out of where it is since it's right under the flowering currant and won't have much room to grow. It doesn't look like any of the varieties I have in my garden. Any guesses on any id?
Nothing better than reaping the rewards of friends in the garden. I've learned if I treat them well and have what they like they will come to visit and maybe even bring me a little surprise.