Tuesday, January 13, 2009

As I Was Saying...

before I sidetracked myself yesterday, I went to the back back yard to track down the lovely, mysterious fragrance.

It's coming from a source in this picture. Can you pick it out?

I couldn't until I got right up on it. It's a shrub that's taking up the whole center of the picture. It has tiny white flowers - go back and look, I can't pick them out and I know they are there until I click on the photo and enlarge it. The flowers reminded me of a camellia--their centers--but otherwise I'm lost as to what it could be. But they have a lovely fragrance. Since I don't know what it is, I don't know if it's supposed to bloom at this time.

Hi, guy! Yes, there was a bonus. A year's worth of Colony Collapse Disorder on the major networks and GPTV made me think we were doomed. No honey bees in sight all year last year when they used to happily dance over my clover. And look who we have here. Yep, Mr. Worker Honeybee. He was the only one, but as I started taking pictures he appeared from underneath the flower.

So any of you plant people out there, can you tell me what this plant is?

And below is a little show on colony collapse disorder (ccd) by KQED public tv in case you're interested in ccd. One of my grandfathers raised honeybees so my ears perked up the first time I heard it on the news. Since then, I've seen features several times, but things don't appear to be improving.


  1. Is it some kind of jasmine? We have this stuff in San Diego that is smaller than the jasmine most people think of and (there) it was called "Night Blooming Jasmine." And I love the bees! I start freaking out when I read or see anything about CCD. It is SO scary!

  2. Unfortuantely I do not have a clue...but I am still loveing these photos!!!




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