April 29, 2016
Today’s Simple Nature Sketch
While on a walk today with my good friend Marion, I spotted these sweet blue flowers. They were scattered in a shady area along the trail. I immediately pounced on them, thinking they would be perfect for my daily sketch.
They were unknown to me. Marion thought they came from a bulb and were probably transplants from someone’s spring garden. They are just so adorable with their miniature size and tiny petals. The most alluring trait about them is their blue pollen. I thought it was so cool to view when you looked at it up close. Imagine what the bees think when they come upon this unusual colored pollen.
After some research, I discovered they are called Siberian Squill. Apparently, they are a great food source for honeybees. They are definitely one of my new favorites! I’m already thinking about planting them, so I will have the joy of viewing them in my own gardens next spring.
How about you? Do you have experience with the Siberian Squill?
P.S. During my research, I found this really wonderful blog post by a biologist named Anita Deeley. She is a bee keeper. There were lots of great photos of the bees gathering the blue pollen.
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