This is the very first bumble honey bee I’ve seen this entire year. And it’s weighed down with pollen, finally taking care of the tomato flowers. There’s been a zillion flowers, but with no bees, there are very few tomatoes that develop, mostly because of the work of one or two of what I call tomato wasps. Here’s the result of their work, the third harvested so far this year:
I couldn’t get a picture of a bee actively busy with the October Bean flowers below. With these, the bees and hummingbirds can entrench in mortal combat. Quite the entertainment.
Right now, the October Beans have run out of fence, itself starting about 1 or 2 feet off the ground, and are reaching high up into the sky, a good six feet higher than the string beans, which themselves are a bushy two feet high.
I’m thinking that that’s no bumble bee, but rather an Italian version of the honey bee. They must have heard my complaint about there being no bees around, as they were here in great numbers this morning all over the string beans and squarrrsh:
Here’s one with a bee:
So far, here’s one of many of the results so far:
Oops! That’s a cicada. I was wondering what that hole in the ground, very deep, was all about.
Anyone else with a prepper garden? Or just a garden?
Either way, it’s good for the soul, and delicious.
And it’s a chance to say Hail Marys for the souls in purgatory.
A flower for you, Mary: Hail Mary…