Oh Beehive!

My son Rick was on his best “bee-hive-iour” when he noticed bee activity in the overlapping wood panels at the Kentwood Flowerland store.

Removal of the wood panels revealed an amazing hive of bees!
Removal of the wood panels revealed an amazing hive of bees!

We got some “free-bees” out of the deal with a treasure trove of honey! Bee experts carefully removed and preserved the hive plus isolated the Queen so the whole hive could be transferred to a new location where it could thrive. The whole process was really interesting. Check out the pics of these bees living in the land of “Pollenesia!”

"Un-bee-leafable"
“Un-bee-leafable”
The Queen Bee!
The Queen Bee!
Making a beehive for a new location!
Making a beehive for a new location!

Drama Queen

There are some real drama queens in the landscape in August. Swaying in the warm summer breezes, dancing in the August moonlight or soaking up the rays on a hot summer afternoon, I love how some plants take center stage in August.

How’s this for a histrionic heavenly plant………..Hydrangeas put on a show in August……….

Hydrangeas...a kick in the plants in August!

 

And of all the genera in the daisy family the ubiquitous but welcome Rudbeckia flourishes in August. With many varieties to choose from aside from the common Rudbeckia ‘Goldsturm’ this perennial thrives in the heat of August. Rudbeckia takes the stage in August and puts on a long visual show (by herbaceous perennial standards) requiring minimal upkeep. The primary problem I have found people have with these beauties that many refer to as “Black Eyed Susans” or “Coneflowers”  is overwatering via sprinkler systems causing disease and black spots on the foliage. Placed in a sunny spot in the landscape the plant will give you a sunny smile on an August day including the tall and impressive Rudbeckia laciniata or “cutleaf coneflowers” pictured to the left growing 4 to 7 feet tall!