No bees here, sorry, I was taking pictures of my gardens. Please forgive me!
Cindi asked for pictures, so here are a few I've shot over the past couple days. The front garden is in its last year. After going to the Herb Society gathering Mom and I went to last weekend I've decided I'm going to dismantle this veggie garden and turn it into a more formal herb garden. I'm going to leave the border in place, get rid of the grass between the beds and border the large rectangle somehow. There will be a focal point in the center, I'm hoping for a fountain, but a sundial may have to do for a bit due to funds. This shot is from my yard, the houses are my across-the-street neighbors. I don't have a large lot, just .6 acre, if I could change one thing here it would be to have more land. I love my house!
When I actually get the new garden in place I'll post pictures again, but that won't be until next spring at the earliest - I'm not going to take it apart until the growing season is over. Here is a shot from the corner towards the house.
This verbascum planted itself right outside my arbor. I like them, I know they're weedy, but they're an herb that was brought here for it's medicinal uses, and I enjoy them - in a proper place. The seedlings will be ruthlessly dealt with unless they behave themselves!
Here's a volunteer sunflower, I didn't plant any specifically this year, but just let come up what came up. He's pretty cool!
And here are my portulacas. I've tried to grow them along this fence for several seasons with piddling luck, this year they really took off! And those calendulas you see in the garden behind the portulacas are volunteers that come back year after year. I love volunteers!
The back veggie garden will gain about 12 more feet to compensate for the loss of the front. The whole backyard is still a work in progress, someday I'll have lawn again back there, along with a greenhouse. We're bringing the hot tub down from Maine soon, I've got to plan out some patio space and walkways.