I have a lot of iris, and after the storms we’ve had in the past couple of days, a lot of the flower stems were bent over or broken. Since another storm system will be arriving any minute, I thought I might as well go out and cut the broken ones for the house.
Hey look – they even coordinate with the painting in the background. I totally planned that. *Ahem*. I have a few other colors of iris, but since they were in good shape, I didn’t cut them.
By the way, if any of you locals want some of the dark purple ones in the center, or the light purple and gold ones, I’ll be thinning the herd this year – just let me know. I can’t seem to give them away faster than they grow.
Now for a more serious subject – the declining bee population, and the threat to the world food supply.
CarrieK posted about it on her blog, with a link to SaveHoneyBees.org, which is working to increase the population of healthy honey bees in the world. They don’t raise the bees to harvest the honey commercially, and they don’t ship them across the country for commercial pollination, as many beekeepers do. Their focus is simply to raise healthy bees, which can be used for research and breeding.
Please consider making a donation to this or another bee organization of your choice – I’m sure there are many others.