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photoblog image Making Seeds

Making Seeds

I have tons of green onions that live in my garden.  I routinely remove the flower buds if I am giving away plants and just for good measure if I have time. I had a sturdy vase of them outside for weeks and followed the progress to form seeds (or clones), shown as numbered. Of all insects interested in them, the bumble bee was by far the most avid.

 

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Making Seeds

I have tons of green onions that live in my garden.  I routinely remove the flower buds if I am giving away plants and just for good measure if I have time. I had a sturdy vase of them outside for weeks and followed the progress to form seeds (or clones), shown as numbered. Of all insects interested in them, the bumble bee was by far the most avid.

 

photoblog image IMG_7978cropand turn.JPG

comments (10)

I am noting this on 03 July. Getting ready to mow, I moved a pile of these out of the way. Honey bees were in the pile and they did not appreciate my action so chased me out of the garden. Five minutes later a very aggressive bee came to the deck, buzzing me in fake attacks. It chased me inside. Worst thing is I still have to go out to mow.
  • Ray
  • Not in United States
  • 6 Jul 2017, 00:53
A fine homage to one of the most attractive veggie flowers, Mary.
Mary MacADNski: They are wonderful; attractive and tasty.
  • gutteridge
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 6 Jul 2017, 05:50
Fascinating stuff Mary.
Mary MacADNski: An easy example for children.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 6 Jul 2017, 06:23
I suppose bees just want to pollinate more or less everything..
Mary MacADNski: They have their favorites and that changed in the time waiting. Honey bees are inhabiting it now.
Jolie évolution de la fleur. La macro de l'abeille est très belle.
Mary MacADNski: Thanks so much. It all happens in the garden.
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 6 Jul 2017, 07:58
A fine set of images, Mary. So how long will it take to go from stage 1 to 5? The bee is very handsome.
Mary MacADNski: A bit less than two weeks, Alan.
  • Lisl
  • Bath, England
  • 6 Jul 2017, 12:10
A lot of my onions went to seed this year, and I didn't think to photograph them. Your bee picture is great, but the other bees sound non too happy
Mary MacADNski: I would not have chosen to disturb bees at this time but had mower problems and needed a boost so I took it when it came. I have a new battery now.
Great set of pictures. I had to wait while a bee was working its was through the clover flowers in my lawn. He just ignored the mower so I switched it off and watched him at work
Mary MacADNski: I mowed clover this week, hawkweed last week. Different short versions every week.
I love onion blossoms - they're fascinating! Excellent set of photos, especially that bumble bee!
Did you ever get out to mow?
Mary MacADNski: Yes, though one bee did bug me all week in the garden. Strange.
Very fine set of images Mary.
Mary MacADNski: Thanks, Brian.

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