How to Catch A Bee

A hundred years ago, Nobel Prize-winning scientist Karl von Frisch proved that bees can see colour.  Just like humans, bees are trichromatic which means they have three photoreceptors in each eye and the colour combinations they see are based in those three colours.

Our colour combinations are based on red, blue, and green, while bees base their colours on ultraviolet light, blue, and green and this is the reason why bees can’t see the colour red.  They can, however, see reddish wavelengths, such as yellow and orange as well as blue-green, blue, violet, and something called “bee’s purple” which is a combination of yellow and ultraviolet light.  (That sounds like an amazing colour, but unfortunately, humans can’t see it.)
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Pretty Poinsettias and More

I’ve now not one – not two – but three very pretty Poinsettias and all of them are currently in flower.  I just love the effect the cold weather has on my plants.

Pretty Pink – still blooming and complete with spider

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The Great Bat Reveal

On April 17, 2018, I introduced you to My Black Bat Flower and when I followed that up with an update in Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Bat, I said I could hardly wait for my bat to emerge.  This has finally happened and I have not only one bat to adore, I have two.

This is ‘the’ most amazing plant I have in my garden at the moment, and I show it off to everyone and, much to my delight, they ooh and aah over it like it’s a newborn.  I guess in some way it is, with the first umbel still not quite fully opened.
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Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Bat

Following on from my last post about My Black Bat Flower, I’m delighted that one little bat has started to emerge.

April 21, 2018

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My Black Bat Flower

Scientifically known as Taccachantrieri, the Black Bat Flower is a stunning flowering plant also known as Devil Flower, Bat Head Lily, Bat Plant, Devil’s Tongue, Black Tacca, Jews Beard, Voodoo Flower, and Cat’s Whiskers.

The main attraction of this plant is, as its name suggests, the flower, the umbel – a flat-topped inflorescence with numerous flower stalks.  Describing the flower is difficult, I’ll try, but lay no claim to being accurate – scientifically or otherwise.
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