Virgin Mary Vegetables


Here is a picture of the “inside-out cucumber” that Per brought into the Hjelm house today. But is it merely a strange vegetable or an apparition of the Virgin Mary? The vegetable says you must make a pilgrimage so that it can give you blessings.

Bee Killers on the Loose


Robberflies can catch bees in midair. I’ve never seen it myself but I know that’s not all they can do….




New Evidence Implicates Spider in Bee Disappearances


The spider could not be reached for comment.

Could it be?

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There’s something going on with the grasses in the common garden. I’m not sure whether it’s crown rust, but it might be.

Bee Killer Behind Bars; Claims to Have Been Railroaded


More Common Garden Invertebrates


Last week’s scandal recedes from the public eye following the disappearance of two bees from the south end in broad daylight on Thursday. Common Garden residents are now locking their doors and speculating about the identity of the killer in their midst. Well….. not all of them.

Bee Shenanigans Shake Common Garden (All Night Long)


These bees thought it would add some excitement to their lives if they hired Team Echinacea to stand around them watch their… relations. Naive as they were, they didn’t realize that there was a camera in the crowd and the photos would inevitably be leaked to the Internet. This is sure to cause a scandal among the insects of the common garden when they read of it in the tabloids tomorrow.

more bee painting

Here’s one of this year’s painted bees. It’s big enough to see (sometimes) when it flies around, which is a plus.


As for the day-by-day flowering sequences of Echinacea, I’m trying to figure out a way to put them together without exploding my computer.

Will it ever flower?

Here’s a practice time lapse series for plant (28, 943) from July 2nd-6th. I’ll be photographing 16 plants every morning or until people get tired of driving me around to the garden. I didn’t hit the ‘thumbnail’ option when I uploaded this, so if you want to see it in its full glory, right-click and go to “view image”.


Even though I’ve marked the position and height of the tripod with flags, it looks like it’s difficult to get the same photo every time. The changing background, I suspect, is a result of the head growing upwards a bit, causing me to change the camera angle. This shouldn’t be as much of an issue in the pictures taken from above.

Here’s a link to an exciting photo I took when we were out boating on the 4th.

A lesson in punctual flowering

As is probably apparent in this recent explosion of posting, we’ve now got the Internet on the inside of the condos. Neither rain nor mosquitoes nor legions of caterpillars can keep us from our e-mail.

To demonstrate our unsurpassed powers of data transfer, I present to you…. a picture that is truly huge.

This is the most developed Echinacea head in the common garden* which is remarkable because this time of year is usually the peak of flowering, or so they say. In any case, I’ll be taking pictures of it and some of its developmentally challenged comrades every day or so. The result ought to be a number of sequences that chronicle this awkward phase in their lives, followed by their blossoming and wild reproductive successes (or lack thereof). Yes, much like the reality TV stars that they are, these plants will have no secrets!

* except maybe for the 99 garden, where I did not dare venture