Six on Saturday - May 22, 2021
1 - Bug House
The grocery store, Winco, had a few styles of bug houses. I've been wanting to build one, but this was so cute (and inexpensive) I couldn't resist. The others were simpler; the bottom cones and the top bamboo. The solitary bees may like having pre-built nesting holes, no chewing in my shed shelves!
Of course, any insect can use it, not just "bugs." Bugs are actually one particular sort of insect, not insects in general. Like buying a Spaniel house when any breed of dog could sleep in it.
2 - Purple Salsify
Is it a weed, or is it a root vegetable? That's up to you. It's a weed in my garden, but such a beauty I leave it in out of the way places. It's pretty enough to leave in a flower bed, but mine tends to grow thick with small black aphids. The entire plant is edible, and seeds are even available for purchase.
3 - Ditch Lily
Oh, how I love my common orange daylily, known rudely as the ditch lily. Now, these are considered weeds by many, while I paid for mine to be shipped from out of state!
4 - Lavender "Phenomenal"
One of my American Meadows bareroot perennials I planted in October failed to grow, so the company sent me a replacement. They didn't have any of the sneezeweed I'd bought, so I asked them to surprise me with whatever they wanted, so long as it was for zone 8 full sun. "Phenomenal" was the result, and I'm pleased. It's a French lavender hybrid, developed for winter hardiness (down to zone 5!) as well as heat and humidity (into zone 9). I'm planting it in the front yard, in one of the bare areas that used to have blue fescue.
5 - Bachelor Buttons
I have four types this year, and I think the traditional corn flower blue are still my favorites, although whatever the pink, part of a dwarf mix, has a fuller bloom. The one in the upper right is called "Classic Magic." The bottom left is "Ultra Violet." Neither of those had very good germination percents.
6 - Nectar Robber
I've mentioned nectar robber bees before, and here's one I caught in the Firecracker penstemon. See how it chewed a hole in order to reach the nectar in the too-small-for it flower? Honeybees have learned to use the holes too. The problem? This behavior does not pollinate!
There we have it, my Six for this Saturday, May 22, 2021.