FOUND IN: Uncategorized on July 06, 2011
I took a break from the design room to attend what ends up being one of the favorite events of every AIFD symposium, the Partners Expo. We get an opportunity to see the newest cut flower, live plants, containers and accessories. This is the stuff that will make its way into the marketplace because of the people coming to this event and seeing it used in creative ways.
I get pumped because of all the cool things seen when scouring the room. Motor is reeving! Imagine what comes next!
FOUND IN: Uncategorized on June 25, 2011
A tropical heat wave,
The temperature’s rising,
It isn’t surprising,
[We] certainly can can-can.”
FOUND IN: Uncategorized on June 18, 2011
Bees congregated on the outside of the hive so thickly that the color of the hive in places was just black. The wake up call next morning yielded nothing more than empty chambers with the sound of my voice echoing, "What happened?"
To add insult to injury, the veggie garden was covered in bee poop, apparently their way of giving me many middle fingers on the way out.
After finding another package of bees three weeks later, I reinstalled in the empty hive and stood back. Everything was fine until a month later when I removed the sugar water for the day so I could clean the top feeder.
So much for home sweet home. The sound of silence returned once more to hive #2.
When the disappointment dissipated, I decided to focused on hive #1. Today, they seem robust and building in numbers.
All 8 frames are filled with brood, pollen or honey. Hive beetles, the nemesis to the colony were found in small numbers. I crunched, squished and mashed the black beetles as they scampered away from the bees who were chasing them around the condo.
My fingers are crossed. Will they will like the new curtains?
(Thanks to David for taking the photos!)
FOUND IN: Uncategorized on June 14, 2011
While multiple sources give easy access to the thirsty bees, the water filled bromeliad cups seem to be the favorite. The hottest time of day sees frantic efforts to gather water. The tropical grouping looks alive with bees landing on the colorful foliage, disappearing amongst the leaf spacing. Darting back and forth gives the appearance that something wonderful exists in these heat loving rosettes.
This poolside activity isn't appreciated by all guests bathing in the afternoon sun. "No swatting please.", I say. "They aren't interested in you. They have a job to do!"
While there are bromeliad groupings positioned throughout the garden, those in full sun seem to be the most popular. As for favorite species, the Neoregelias, in my unscientific observation, seem like the winners. The broad cups give plenty of surface space for them to walk right up to the water's edge.
FOUND IN: Uncategorized on June 06, 2011
I never cease to be amazed by the single shoot. They sprout overnight, pushing anything to the side, making way for fresh air. This can't be without effort.
They wobble during adolescence, leaning awkwardly toward the sun. The wind and rain toy with them and I worry they might not make it. I've had my eye on them twice a day, every day, cheering them upward.
It's doubtful they need me to fret. Slender stalks attain girth, parallel leaves outstretching beyond boundaries. Living weather vanes powder the landscape. Dusty lust mingles with blushed silk below.
The pregnant pause is short lived as ears fill, sheathed in the glow of green satin.