Look what stop by our garden …One giant flower and a bunch of beautiful bees.

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Guess what popped out one night…this beautiful giant cactus flower.

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As soon as I saw it when I was out cleaning the pool I knew the next morning there would be a bunch of bees around. These flowers put out tons of pollen.

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Next thing in the morning there were the bees. Sometimes I worry I will not see them. With the over use of pesticides and harsh chemicals out there our poor pollinating friends are suffering.

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Photos are a little dark because this flower only blooms at night, sometimes very early dawn there is still some of the bloom left. That is when the bees come. This shot was probably taken between 4:30 – 5:30 am.

We are not the only ones being harmed by pesticides and harmful chemical sprays . Those little bugs and flying pollinators are also at risk and they are the ones that keep our food coming.

We will all suffer if the bees disappear. This is why I am always so happy to see them in our garden. Although I have noticed that there are fewer and fewer every year.

Usually these giant night blooming flowers have the whole inside filled up with bees but I only counted about 8 this time. The reason you don’t see 8 in my photos is because several of them started attacking me when I got too close to take my shots.

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No bites, just warnings. No hand slapping and waving from me either, this only aggravates the bees more. I just calmly as possible took my photos and let the bees buzz around my face  and they never harmed me. Maybe they were just checking me out like I was checking them out.

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So much fun watching these little creatures try to climb in and out of this flower.

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The way they climb around the petals it almost reminds me of a mountain climber. They look like they are struggling there sometimes.

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So far I have gotten 5 flowers from this cactus. Usually these cacti only produce one flower per year and for one night only. The cactus was gifted to us when we first bought our home. It produces many flowers with several blooming happening during our warmer months.. I heard that if your cacti produce more then one flower then you have a healthy and happy cacti there.

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The flowers open after night fall and by dawn most are wilting away later that morning. In some places  around the world the petals are used for medicine, there is even a Chinese traditional soup  made from their dried flowers. The fruit is also eaten.

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In full bloom late at night.

After the flowers drop off , the fruit starts to grow. The birds outside love this fruit. If I don’t pick it in time then they eat it up.

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Remember if you are starting an organic garden, which is the safest for us, then here are some friendly insects to keep around if you see them about.

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Bees- Nature’s best pollinators. As bees cross pollinate, more flowers and plants will grow in your garden.

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Sometimes during early dawn these flowers almost look like little lamps and the light coming through the petals make them look like they are glowing. I have some older shots somewhere in my archives of this effect. I will have to share that with you all when I find them.

Butterflies- Also pollinate your flowers.

Praying Mantis- another beneficial insect since they eat different types of insects that may be harmful to humans. I heard this is an insect that murders those scary Murder hornets that were trending everywhere last month. Just social media trying to keep us all frightened and inside our homes. I know…paranoid conspiracy stuff but hey it is starting to look that way.

Lady bugs- No harm to your gardens, actually help organic gardens by eating aphids, mealybugs, leaf hoppers, scales and mites.

Ants- Act as pollinators by crawling around from bloom to bloom looking for nectar. They also kill off harmful caterpillars.

Hope you all loved watching the bees with me. Leave out bowls of water with rocks so they don’t drown, bees need water. Butterflies love orange slices. A friendly garden is a happier garden.

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16 Comments Add yours

  1. ourcrossings says:

    There’s nothing more special than waking up to freshly bloomed flowers, or in your case – cactus. One flower per year and only for one night? Sure you wouldn’t want to miss that! Thanks so much for sharing, your posts and photos always brighten up my day 💖💖💖

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    1. Awww, thank you, what a really kind thing to write. Have a great weekend.

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  2. Tanya says:

    I love those flowers!😊 Great photos!

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    1. Thanks Tanya, we both did bees today…so funny. Your shot with the purple flower that you used was beautiful.

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      1. Tanya says:

        It was fun to share the same subject today with you. Thank you for always saying how beautiful my pictures are. It means so much to me. Blessings to you and your family.🤗✨❤

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      2. Blessings to you and yours as well. Oh, thank you again for taking such beautiful photos.

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  3. Binte Bashir says:

    Lovely shots! Beautiful flower!! Thanks for sharing.

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    1. You’re welcome Binte and thank you, happy you liked them.

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  4. Librarylady says:

    Nature is so amazing – flowers that bloom at night? Bees that are up in the night to collect pollen? Who knew? Glad you get to watch all the action.

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    1. Thank you Library lady, they are so amazing to watch. They bees show up early dawn so I have to get up super early to get some shots.

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  5. Thank you so much for this post about your bees – we need these and other mini beasts and most are nice little creatures. That cactus is amazing, I remember reading somewhere about it and its one time a year at night blooming. I can look up the name if you like? The flower is beautiful. All the best to you and yours xo 🌸 💮 🏵

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    1. Thank you, that is so sweet of you, I know you have lots of pretty little creatures hanging out in your garden too, so much beauty. Have a beautiful Sunday.

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      1. John and three of the dogs spotted a small, harmless garden snake basking in the sun outside the back door. I’ve heard of snakes on our road in the summer but never experienced one at the house. I wish I’d seen it too 🙂 xo

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      2. When my husband and I go out hiking we have to be careful of rattlesnakes which are deadly. I have seen them but mostly they stay away from people. I prefer the little green garden snakes.

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      3. We have one poisonous snake 🐍 in the uk, the Adder. I’ve never seen one but apparently have dark diamonds on the back. I live right on the coast of Norfolk, and they live in the sand dunes. Xo

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      4. I bet it looks pretty but I would stay away for sure.

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