Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Jewel of a Weed

There is a small patch of Jewelweed out by the road and the bees are loving it!

Little bee bottom hanging from a blossom.

Jewelweed is also called 'touch-me-not'. Once the seed pods are mature, if you touch them...

...they explode!!

The girls are coming in heavy with pollen. Orange.. yellow too from the golden rod. Soon it will be time to pull the honey supers again and start getting the girls tucked in for winter. At least they were too busy working to notice me exploding the seed pods. I'd forgotten how much fun they are!

16 comments:

Bloom fine art fotografi said...

This is facinating...it's like a little world of it's own.I really appreciate the images they're like an enchanted forest and the little bee bottom...too cute Leigh.
Just beautiful.

tara said...

i love learning bits and pieces of the bee life here, too. and jewelweed, yes! i remember one of my childhood friends looking for it in June or something one year, and telling her that we wouldn't find the touch me nots until autumn, and she looked at me like i was crazy. i realized then that perhaps everyone wasn't so Laura Ingalls Wilder obsessed and affected by the seasons. that's a big memory for me~ one of those times as a kid when you see how different people all are.
thanks for this post! i'm so ready for fall!

Camie | Red Gate Gardens said...

They literally explode? I gotta find me some of those...

Are you going to be harvesting honey again before winter?

Love the bee bottom - unless it's sticking a poker in my skin. But it's all good...

LollyChops said...

I love the pics you posted and I have never even heard of Jewelweed before. I had to go up and look to see where you were located... I was thinking it was some fancy european plant! hehe

Stephanie said...

We have weed that has those kind of pods that can explode too. This jewelweed has pretty flowers :-)

Rane said...

beautiful post... I would play with these seed pods as a child...
we would scare the cat with them... poor Mr. Eggs....(he was a
yellowie marmalade kitty)
....btw...how do you get the
bees ready for the bees for winter? I would love to know.
Oh how lovely....you are oh so super talented!! Love this hat!
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Michelle said...

Love the bee bottom! So cute... And I am always just so amazed at how much pollen they come in with...they load up! Such amazing little creatures...thank you for sharing so much about them. It's enlightening...xo

Kelly said...

I always wondered what that was it is so pretty. I didn't know about the pods, now I need to find one to touch immediatly. 8)

dmoms said...

your pictures are great. i love how you love your bees.

Nancy said...

I've never heard of jewelweed. Can I just say that I'd love to touch one so that it would explode? That just sounds like fun! Kind of like popping the bubbles in the plastic wrap that comes in boxes. Oh, I can find a thril in the simple things.

And those bee girls? Beautiful! Especially the bee bottom :-)

June said...

We have so much jewelweed, which is great not only because the seeds are so much fun but also because we have poison ivy and jewelweed is a remedy for the rash.

I remember playing with the seeds in Monet's garden at Giverny. All those beautiful flowers, and I had my moment with the jewelweed.

Love going inside the world of your bees...

Conny said...

I've never seen Jewelweed before - I can see why it's named as such.

Looking at the photos in this post, it's like seeing through the eyes of a wee sprite. Super photography!

underthebigbluesky said...

never seen it, but oh what fun! better than sucking on honeysuckle bottoms, or popping puffball mushrooms!

and i love june's comment about the remedy, really must follow up on that stuff.

i love your love for your bees (sense? it's late)

all that pollen. i'm adding my voice that we want some readying bees for winter post.

Sarah / Bee House Hives said...

What a great photo of your bee!!

jeanette, mistress of longears said...

I spent part of my morning walk touching off the pods...they're irresistible!

gardenmama said...

Great post!
lol I just took a bunch of photos of jewel weed, we have been playing with it around our house popping the seeds Love the bee bottom!