This week’s heat has brought forth the blooms we have been waiting for, all those glads, snapdragons, mallow, and sunflowers that my daughters planted months ago with plans to sell at the farmer’s market. No matter that my daughters are deeply immersed in musical theatre camp this week (and a subsequent play that happens in the middle of said market). The butterflies and bees are reminding us of the real importance of flowers in the garden.
Each row is abuzz with busy insects doing their work: that furious and intensive dance that is pollination. And while the bees careen from one blossom to the next, and the butterflies sip nectar and share their elegance, we decide to leave those flowering broccoli plants just a little while longer. They are a heritage variety (Calabrese): perhaps this is nature’s way of telling us to save our own seed this year.
What is abuzz in your garden?