Wednesday, January 26, 2011
A Single Ponderosa Flower is Pollinated
I can stand spiders.
I can stand most creepy crawlies.
I can not stand bees.
They make me run and scream like a little girl. I have always been afraid of the little blighters. So while for you this picture may not be a big deal, it took a lot of mental preparation for me to get it.
What you have is one small blossom being pollinated in the back yard. We have a Ponderosa Lemon in a prison, er pot. It seems to like it there just like the nearby Meyer Lemon does. There are dozens of flowers on the plant, petals about as long as your thumbnail. Not a whole lot of scent to them, the Meyers are magnificent in bloom and our Meyer is in bud again.
But to get the lemons you have to have bees.
(I'll shudder here and save you the effort.)
The Meyer Lemon we have has given fruit, and it was wonderful, but they are seedy lemons. I saved off quite a few of these lemon seeds and planted one pot with them. I now have seven seedlings and if any get past the baby plant stage, I'll be passing them out. For now, the seedlings are too small to count on and probably are getting overwatered so I don't expect much...
But we're still here making the bees happy. They're not my Monarchs, but they'll do. Once the blossoms are done, I'll be safe again in the back yard.
Anyone have a can of bug spray?