Flowers, Bees, Finches and Moths

This morning was another hot day and I got to the garden early. Given the damage done to the large Plot Against Hunger garden, the rats, and the general end of season malaise, I just did a little harvesting (more arugula in my own garden and lots of squash in the large plot), weeding and thinking about when certain plants should come out in preparation for fall. In this annus horribilis of the garden, the flowers have been the saving grace. The zinnias that we planted after the installation of the new fence are providing bouquets for numerous gardeners.

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The zinnias certainly are thriving on the sidewalk border.

They’re also attracting bees, butterflies–and today–a hungry finch, whom I was not able to capture well with my camera.

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I zoomed in here so you could see the finch body, head obscured by the flower, center left.

I captured some morning glories.

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I love the way they look lit from within, and these have a nice stripe.

And some that were closing, looking like luscious cherry swirl ice cream cones. (Did I mention it was hot?)

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Okay, only two have the ice cream cone look…

A bee was doing gymnastics.

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Flowers can be so hard to navigate…

And an Ailanthus Webworm Moth was partaking of the garlic blossoms. Striking creature. I had to look it up, as I had not seen one before.

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See the orange, white and black creature lower right.

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39 Responses to Flowers, Bees, Finches and Moths

  1. Mary Tang says:

    Love the gymnastic bee 🙂 So sorry to hear that the vegetable plot is not performing well; that is disappointing and discouraging. I know the feeling. However, the flowers sure lift one’s spirit!

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  2. I have always been a lover of, and a cheerleader for zinnias. The fact that they are coming through splendidly, even during this annus hornbills, only deepens my respect for them. Not the showiest or most exquisitely delicate of flowers, their humble hardiness and happy color is truly a comfort when all is said and done.

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    • arlingwoman says:

      I’m cutting bouquets every week and mixing in some mint and oregano and a little artemisia. I like their sturdiness as well. Cut, they last a week. They’ve been fabulous to have in replacement of my other flowers. Some of the colors are fabulous…

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  3. I understand entirely Lisa – my garden last summer was a hornbillus!! 🙂 The winds, the rain, the heat, the sleet – it was the summer from hell and I haven’t got a plan for this year still………. It is so despond making!! Still the zinnias are gorgeous and very cheerful and the bee is very clever. Not sure about the moth …… xoxo

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  4. Thank goodness for the flowers

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  5. Eliza Waters says:

    Beautiful zinnias – they do feed the soul. Sorry about the off year, it has been hard on many. I always wonder what folks did before there were grocery stores and what they raised was what they ate. A bad crop year would have been disastrous. I am always grateful to the farmers who grow our food. Bless them!

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  6. KerryCan says:

    Leave it to zinnias to cheer a person up! They are so pretty and happy. And the photos of the morning glories are . . . well, glorious! I love the ice cream swirls. You are maintaining a very good attitude, in spite of everything . . .

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  7. Sylvie G says:

    I really like the photo and the bee caption. It provides a whole new perspective on bees.

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  8. Bun Karyudo says:

    I’m sorry about the problems you’ve had, but at least the zinnias look beautiful. I’m afraid I had a bit of a struggle seeing the finch, though. 🙂

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  9. petakaplan says:

    Morning glory….one of my all time favorites. Ephemeral.

    Peta

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  10. Robbie says:

    my zinnias are making me smile this time of year, I agree they are special:-) My morning glories are taking over my garden, I need to tame them back a bit-but they are pretty in the early morning.

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  11. Lovely photos, Lisa. Your flowers are stunning. I’ve never had much luck growing zinnias, and there you are with a bumper crop. Isn’t it fun to find the birds, bees and moths or butterflies enjoying the flower nectar? It’s one of my favorite parts of time in the garden.

    I know you’ll squeeze every last day out of the season. xo

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  12. Wendy says:

    I just had to stop by to say I love the zinnias, they look very striking. It’s great to see they’re attracting the bees and other creatures. I love the morning glory flowers, too.

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  13. Brenda says:

    Zinnias have always been too stiff and sturdy for my taste, but I’m coming around to liking them. Yours are beautiful and such a treat after your ugly vegetable summer.

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  14. LB says:

    Those Morning Glories are beautiful, especially when closed! I’m so glad you shared these images. The zinnias are lovely, too, and all that they attract, too. I’m so glad these flowers bring beauty after such a difficult season in the garden

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    • arlingwoman says:

      How would have thought the morning glories would be so attractive closed? Not me, but they sure caught my eye. I’ve got a fresh bouquet of zinnias, mint, oregano and artemisia for the week now. Have a good week!

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  15. Lovely photos! Reminds us of the days in the East Coast! Have a wonderful week ahead.

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  16. Lavinia Ross says:

    The flowers are lovely, and the morning glories particularly attractive. Such a beautiful color!

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  17. All the flowers are so pretty!

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