Seen during the marathon rose pruning day... a Lady Bug in the lavender
Here Toadie, Toadie! There's a cool dark home with an open door for you.
Bees! Yes Bees! They are my constant companions in the gardens. I love having them around. It is confirmation that my gardens are healthy. If the bees aren't here to polinate we don't have our fruits, flowers and veggies. Bees deserve our respect and protection. This means planting varied bloomers, something for every season here in our low desert. It also means taking care when eliminating pests not to use means that eliminate the bees as well. For us we only use hoses, beneficial insects and biodegradable organics.
And this skep sits next to one of our prolific kumquat trees. If you don't have a kumquat yet I highly recommend them. Their small size means anyone can grow them. We keep them by the kitchen door so that every time we go in or out we pop a bite size snack in the pie hole. Kumquats are eaten whole, skin and all! They can be a bit tart but are sweet as well.