Garden Photo of the Day

Blue Blooms and Bee Butts

Enjoying early summer in British Columbia

My name is Miriam, and I live in Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada. I have enjoyed your magazine over the years, so I decided to send in a few photos for consideration.

delphiniumOut in my garden the other day I noticed a bee enjoying my prize delphinium (Delphinium elatum, Zones 3–8). The plant is over 6 feet tall and covered in the most gorgeous indigo blue flowers. I ran for the camera, and the bee posed for me in just the perfect spot. I thought your readers might like to see a bee bum in my delphinium.

Wider view of the bee enjoying the rich blue flowers of the delphinium.

vase of lilacsA fragrant vase full of lilacs (Syringa vulgaris, Zones 3–7). In the garden or in a vase, lilacs are one of the most beautiful flowers of spring.

patterned petuniaA beautiful and unusually patterned petunia (annual). Plant breeders have been expanding the range of petunias in recent years, with some really interesting results—like this!

pink and white dianthusA dianthus with interesting white-and-pink striped blooms. It might be the variety ‘Pinball Wizard’ (Zones 5–9).

humming bird with honeysuckleA hummingbird feeds on the flowers of the coral honeysuckle (Lonicera sempervirens, Zones 4–9). This beautiful species is native to the southeastern United States and is as beloved by hummingbirds as it is by gardeners.

old-fashioned bearded irisAn old-fashioned bearded iris (Iris hybrid, Zones 3–8). Older bearded iris varieties had simple flowers often combined with great vigor and sometimes a wonderful scent.

newer bearded iris hybridA newer bearded iris hybrid shows the dramatic ruffling on the petals that is typical of modern iris introductions.

Miriam’s garden helper relaxes in the lush lawn.


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  1. Carolyn3134 07/21/2020

    Lovely! Great bee bums and such a sweet pup!!

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    treasuresmom 07/21/2020

    Everything is so lovely. And your garden helper is a really sweet thing.

  3. wittyone 07/21/2020

    Fantastic photos. Gorgeous delphiniums.

  4. sheila_schultz 07/21/2020

    Thank you Miriam... your bee bum photo gave me the chuckle I needed this morning. Beautiful blooms!

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    simplesue 07/21/2020

    Until I saw your photo of your prize Delphinium I never understood why they are described in ways such as "Dark Blue" with "White Bee" or "Dark Bee" I see why!
    The centers of your Delphinium look so similar to bees, that at first I thought you had a photo with one large bee and several smaller bees in the centers!
    Do you have to stake your Delphinium? What do you feed it? I'm in love with Delphiniums and trying to get growing tips!
    Yours is gorgeous!
    Love that hummingbird photo! Great shot!
    Thanks for sharing!

  6. btucker9675 07/21/2020

    Bee Butts and Beauty! Your garden is amazing and it's no wonder your furry assistant is so relaxed in the midst of it. Thank you for brightening our morning!

  7. [email protected] 07/21/2020

    I share all the thoughts above, but my favorite photo is of that beautiful petunia! I looks like a painting, and I had to look several times to see that they are real! Wish I knew the name, so I could make a note to look for it next season!

  8. pattyspencer 07/27/2020

    Beautiful photos

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