Beau September 3rd, 2008
The week has been very hot, but now the cooler weather arrives. Both a cold front and the remnants from hurricane Gustav are converging in Missouri, and we expect several inches or more of rain tonight and tomorrow. We need the rain but not too much! I was able to spread another 20 tons of gravel on the driveway behind the house. In the spring, the rainfall washed out much of the driveway and slope leading back towards the pond and woods. I’ve been waiting for a nice dry week to spread it, and get the giant dumptruck back there. Just in time for the rain, but the gravel should help slow down the velocity of the water. At least it won’t be nearly as muddy!
Here’s one of the honeybees gathering pollen from a Japanese Anemone flower. Look at all that pollen on her leg! They are also all over the sedum plants, but other than that I’m not sure what flowers they are visiting right now. Goldenrod should be a major pollen source for them in the early fall, but what else?
But the bees have been very busy, and I’m sure they sense the changing daylight and the autumn season coming fast. If they make enough honey for winter, we may get to steal a little from them this year before the cold comes. Keep working bees!