I stepped outside onto the roof the other day and discovered a remarkably iridescent blue bee hanging out on the ‘Centennial’ kumquat tree. At first I thought it might be one of the 2000 bees in The Halictidae Family. But it’s so blue, turquoise even! Can they be blue as well as shades of green?
Then I started to wonder if it is a bee at all. I’m still not very good about discerning a hornet from a bee. Or perhaps it’s an alien. They’re already here among us, just very tiny. This perspective is most likely reinforced by watching Alien and Aliens back-to-back recently.
I’ve looked around online and in the insect books on my shelf searching for identification but have come up short. I’ve never seen anything like it!
Minutes later a large dragonfly hovered around me. Some days my garden in the sky is more wild kingdom than the one on the ground.
I caught this hoverfly perched on a vibrant spiderwort just after a rainstorm the other day. Hoverflies are one of the garden good guys. The larvae of many species feed on aphids. More hoverflies!
I sat here for a good 10 minutes deliberating how to title this post and decided to play it safe, because truth be told, I have no idea what kind of clematis this is.
This yellow/green stunner is another from Barry’s garden and perhaps he will come by soon and identify it for us.
Here’s a second shot from beneath.
This is what fresh nutmeg looks like when it has been removed from inside the larger pod. The fiery looking red sheath (technically called an ‘aril’) is mace, a spice in its own right. Mace tastes a lot like nutmeg, but stronger.
So pretty and fragrant. Isn’t it cool how the mace leaves an imprint of its growth on the nutmeg shell?
I took this photo of a giant bowl of nutmeg and mace at a party for someone who was visiting from the Caribbean (Here’s the part where I slip in a public apology for staying too late, acting the fool, and running at the mouth with possibly inappropriate stories). Guests were instructed to take a few pieces of the fresh spice home. I always buy my nutmeg whole and have purchased dried mace blades, but have never tried any so potent. The nutmeg still needs to be cracked from its shell before use!
What will I make first?
Probably not exciting to most, but I am loving the broccoli I am growing on the roof this year. I would hug them if I could. I’m clearly losing my mind and maybe need to get out more.