Up Close and Personal

Early spring through late autumn, flowers of every color, size and shape make their appearance. Some stay all season, others show off for a few weeks. All of them do however, bring beauty, color, bugs and birds to our gardens. The flowers showcased here are spring arrivals.

Flowers provide nectar and pollen for many animals and insects to eat. They also provide shelter for some insects.

As for nectar, hummingbirds, bees, wasps, hornets and butterflies all enjoy the nectar as well as ants and aphids.

Ants and aphids eat the nectar too but are not beneficial to the flower; they will eventually do extensive damage to flowers if let untreated. The best way to stop aphids are to find some ladybugs and treat them to a picnic of aphids. Birds will take care of the ants.

Pollen itself is eaten by insects and some animals.*

Now hummingbirds, bees, butterflies, etc. all pollinate the flowers through the process of pollen sticking to their undersides. As these useful beings fly from flower to flower, they transfer the pollen to the other flowers, pollinating.

Spiders may make their homes inside flowers to stay out of the rain and catch their food easier. Spiders too eat pests that plague flowers so you want spiders in your garden. (Just not in my house.)

Look at the intricacies of each flower. They behold beauty like no other plant can. Every color of the rainbow is represented in the broad spectrum of flowers.

Enjoy the flower season; it’s just getting started. Stay tuned for further posts when the summer flowers come out.

*From the picture book by Shennen Barsani, ‘ACHOO! Why Pollen Counts’. Published by Arbordale Publishing.

Yellow Iris
Yellow Iris
Pink Columbine
Pink Columbine
Yellow Columbine
Yellow Columbine
Red Salvia coccinea
Red Salvia coccinea
Purple Columbine aquilegia
Purple Columbine aquilegia
Bleeding Heart
Bleeding Heart dicentra
Gas plant dictamnus
Gas plant dictamnus

2 thoughts on “Up Close and Personal”

  1. Dear Traci Bold,

    I like your website. I prefer seeing more about your own writing here. What are you writing now? What interested you in becoming a writer?

    I also like Shennen Barsani’s ACHOO book, and I gave it to one of my great-nephews, who has bad allergies.

    Janet Ruth Heller
    Author of the poetry books Exodus (WordTech Editions, 2014), Folk Concert: Changing Times (Anaphora Literary Press, 2012) and Traffic Stop (Finishing Line Press, 2011), the scholarly book Coleridge, Lamb, Hazlitt, and the Reader of Drama (University of Missouri Press, 1990), the award-winning book for kids about bullying, How the Moon Regained Her Shape (Arbordale, 2006), and the middle-grade book for kids The Passover Surprise (Fictive Press, 2015).
    My website is http://www.janetruthheller.com/


    1. Hello Janet,

      Actually I am working on a Word of the Day Post right now to be finished before bedtime tonight. Once or twice a week, I use Word of the Day selections from dictionary.com and Learner’s Word of the Day to create a short story in only one day. That is all the time I allow myself. Besides this, I am working on revising two different picture books, working on pitches for literary agents and the like. Also, I just finished the first draft to two other picture books. I have been a long research phase and not been writing as much on my website as I would like but that is changing soon.

      Thank you by the way for the compliment. You can look forward to new writing later tonight.

      How is your writing going?



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