I'm seeing some scapes peeking out! H. 'Little Orphan Annie' has the tiniest. But mostly, today it was all about foliage. H. 'Primal Scream' (left photo) won the Best Costume Award today for its deep green foliage and fan-spread. For the Tackiest Costume Award, It's a tie between H. 'Mary's Gold' (middle photo) and H. 'Pamela Williams' (right photo). Why? They've been run over at least twice by someone backing out of our driveway. And I think it was me. So both of them deserve to be divided and replanted in safer beds ... tomorrow ... or the next day. These two are 4 to 5 year old clumps and it'll be a doozie of a time to divide and replant them.
As for the Bees, they're doing fine. Should begin honey
harvest in mid-May and I sampled it straight from the
hive two days ago! It's as Mmm, Mmm, Good. I've never
stacked the hives this high before so I had to make steps
to allow me to safely access the top two - believe me,
it's safe and sturdy!
So you know, the two hive stands stacked up on the right -
I do NOT stand on them - when I take boxes off the top
of the hive, I place them there. I only stand on the single
hive stand! Whew! (It's safer than it looks ...)
HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND!
I know I'll get hammered by daylily 'afficionados' for choosing the 'H. Wild One' cultivar as my favorite. Because it was registered soooo long ago, is soooo reminiscent of ditch lily colors and is soooo Plain Jane compared to other cultivars. But . . . I can soooo identify with her for all the soooo reasons given above.
With this post, I'm launching the Rita Bees website as well as this blog.
I will try my best to educate, amuse and confuse Readers with the thoughts and exploits of an older lady as she wanders through her gardens and beehives.
As I write this it's dark outside. Not much to say about that. Yesterday, though, I got kinda excited as I looked at the daylilies starting to come into their own, the out-of-place fig tree buds, blueberry flowers that escaped the freeze. I realized that, as always, spring comes every year and it's here now! Finally!