Thursday, August 10, 2006

Blanket Flower
Gaillardia aristata 'Oranges & Lemons'
(gay-LAR-dee-uh) (a-ris-TAH-tuh)

Honey Bee
Apis mellifera

This is a new form of Blanket Flower for us. It has performed well and is very floriferous. The plant and flower are a little different than the ones I am used to. The plant is more compact and the flowers are a little smaller. The color is nice, good tones of yellow and orange but not really any red. It seems to thrive in the hot and dry areas, which always captures my admiration.

I saw a Honeybee visiting my Rose of Sharon bushes today. He was so helplessly covered with pollen I don’t know how he could even fly. It didn’t seem to stop him as he kept going from flower to flower.

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