A Messy Garden…

… isn’t all bad.  Okay, I have to admit, the veggie garden looked awful out there back in January with the broccoli going to seed and spilling all over the path and the blackberries rooting everywhere.  Even my daughter mentioned how bad it looked.   But I kept the mess for around for a good reason, it’s the bees.  The bees enjoyed the broccoli flowers for weeks, and I wanted them to stick around the yard to pollinate the fruit tree blossoms.  I noticed one afternoon that my Dorset Golden Apple tree had really started to flower, and I was delighted to see that the bees noticed, too.  They were buzzing between the broccoli and the apple trees.  But of course that meant it was time to get busy out there and start cleaning up the rest of it.  Here are some pictures from January 24th, 2012.

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I have a sad excuse for a winter garden this year. The Blackberries need to be confined back on to their wires and the broccoli needs to get pulled out of the pathway. But not quite yet.

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Close up of the self sowed broccoli flowers, covered in honey bees! This is why I let the garden stay disheveled for weeks and just left the broccoli where it grew.

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A few Dorset Golden Apple Blossoms just starting to open on Jan. 25th, 2012. Aren't they gorgeous? I love spring flowers and all the gardening hope that goes with them. It is like buying a lottery ticket.

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A bee visiting one of the blossoms on my Anna Apple tree

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