• Friday fun
  • Framing St. Paul

    downtown

    It is Friday and Fridays are for fun. I have not spent enough time taking pictures this summer and I need to work on that. I have been working hard and when I am not working I am working. I bagged this one on Wednesday evening on Harriet Island before the storms hit. It was hot as hell, and not a dry heat either. The frame is part of a Minneapolis Institute of Arts exhibit that frames a museum worthy view of nature along with the National Park Service which is celebrating a 100 years.

    Have a great weekend and take pictures.

  • Photos
  • Bee Kind

    hosta
    Hosta

    I am a little slow getting my gardens in this year. Everything is ready to go but the home buying season has been very demanding this year. Memorial day weekend is the official start of the gardening season up here in Minnesota and if the weather cooperates I may have my gardens planted by June 1st.

    This year I am planting a different kind of garden, one that is just for the bees. I have noticed the decrease in honey bees and I find it alarming. part of the problem has to do with bee nutrition. Here in the city we have changed the natural landscape and planted some pretty but natural flowering plants. The bees don’t have the kind of variety they need for a good diet.

    Here are some bee friendly plants: 

    Spring: Crocus, Hyacinth, Borage, Calendula, Wild Lilac
    Summer: Bee Balm, Cosmos, Echinacea (coneflowers), Snapdragons, Foxglove, Hosta, Black-eyed Susan,
    Butterflyweed
    Fall: Zinnias, Goldenrod, Sedum, Witch Hazel, Asters
    I am already growing some of these but plan to turn my my garden into a kind of bee paradise with cosmos, zinnias and snap dragons. I’ll plant flowering plants with single flower tops because they produce more nectar. I already grow coneflowers, Hosta, Black-eyed Susan and Butterflyweed.