Thursday, March 15, 2012
The tree, in full glory, stands alone in bloom right now, and the blue Kansas sky contrasts the blush pink blossoms to perfection, don't you think?
I was not the only living creature mesmerized by 'Sunglow' yesterday. I saw at least three different insects visiting the blossoms yesterday; a "moth", a "sweat bee", and a "fly" as seen below. I don't know if these are all actually pollinating the flowers, but they all seem to be trying for a taste of the nectar. Certainly, whatever insects have hatched or woken up from winter for miles around are probably at or heading for this tree. I'm terrible at insect identification so I haven't the slightest idea of the species involved, but the moths seem the most frequent and persistent visitor to the tree. I can only hope that at least one of these creatures is enabling the procreation of these gorgeous flowers. Such beauty shouldn't exist merely to go to empty waste.
Please God, protect my garden from late freezes right now. I saw some color in the buds of peaches and cherries yesterday, so the rest of the orchard and fruits cannot be far behind. Temperatures in the 80's all this week and forecast to stay in the 70's all next week, so the closer we get to April, the more serene I'll be.