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busy as a bee

July 18, 2012

even with a cool, wet summer everything is blooming











 the bees are humming






I’m freezing the purple hollyhock blossoms for a future dye pot











the basket from an earlier workshop is a welcome sight on the front doorstep 



 Himalayan honeysuckle attracts the hummingbirds








but what to do with the Japanese anemone which is taking over everything – including the mint bed. I didn’t think anything could kill mint! 






the studio is buzzing, too



5 Comments leave one →
  1. July 19, 2012 2:48 pm

    Thanks for identifying the mystery plant in my front garden – Himalayan honeysuckle. So far it’s not too invasive, the centaura and false valerian have muscled it back. (It’s a long neglected garden that I have inherited, sigh.)


    • July 19, 2012 2:57 pm

      you’re welcome, Heather. would you like some Japanese anemone?? just joking! that stuff should come with skull and crossbones attached.


  2. July 19, 2012 3:58 am

    love the studio shot! i can hear the soft thumping of harnesses moving… and that himalayan honeysuckle is amazing!


  3. July 19, 2012 1:44 am

    Himalayan honeysuckle? Nice name. It’s called Pheasant Berry here, possibly because it is spread by pheasants. It pops up unexpectedly and is an interesting shrub, if a bit unwieldly. Japanese anemone also taking over here, swamping my roses…will probably ask DH to get the spade going, sadly.


    • July 19, 2012 8:09 am

      Lis – I’m going to have to get busy on the anemone..
      Velma – the Himalayan honeysuckle has apparently become invasive in N.Z. – will keep a close eye on it!


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