Guess what popped out one night…this beautiful giant cactus flower.
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.
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.
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.
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.
So much fun watching these little creatures try to climb in and out of this flower.
The way they climb around the petals it almost reminds me of a mountain climber. They look like they are struggling there sometimes.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Bees- Nature’s best pollinators. As bees cross pollinate, more flowers and plants will grow in your garden.
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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