Bees Get Busy at Brenda’s

As we learned some weeks ago from beekeeper Dave A., selfless worker bees (female, of course!) forage pollen for the hive. And to prove it, Brenda H. captured the photos (shown below) taken this month in her lavish seaside garden. You’ll notice their efforts concentrate on her barbary and euphorbia. When asked about euphorbia’s relationship to spurge, master gardener Brenda ably responded, “Euphorbia is a genus of flowering plants belonging to the family Euphorbiacea. Consisting of 2008 species, Euphorbia is the fourth largest genus of flowering plants. Members of the family and genus are commonly referred to as spurges.” Honestly, the term “spurge” seems far easier to remember. Common names used by most gardeners should take precedence in this increasingly complicated world, don’t you agree? Alas, however, we in the majority continue to suffer the indignity of being overruled. It seems nothing can trump a Latin name to identify specifics. Too bad, so sad that some of us didn’t get the software to remember them. But thankfully, all of us can still delight in the splendors these weighty terms define.


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2 Responses to Bees Get Busy at Brenda’s

  1. Chris says:

    Fantastic pictures Brenda! Would love to see some more posts like this.

  2. Jane Wilkins says:

    Wonderful pictures from our master gardener and photographer!! And Iagree heartily about the use of common names for we ordinary farmers! Jane W

    Sent from my iPad

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