We are in the dog days of summer and many summer flowers are the stopping off place for many insects that also enjoy the summer flowers. Bees are looking for pollen and nectar that help maintain and build their hives over the winter. Honeybees are one of the first animals that were domesticated by man. Honey and bees wax have long been a sought after products by man. These little work horses are good at turning pollen and nectar into a food fit for Kings and the wax was used for many things. It does not go bad without refrigeration and stays good for some time. It was also fermented to make mead a drink talked about in ancient times used by Vikings and Roman Gods. The wax used as preservative and a source for light. Continue reading
Full Moons of July
Full Buck Moon and Blue Moon
We just finished the wettest month (June) ever in St. Louis. Going into the June we were behind the yearly average by 1.59 inches. June’s has an average rain fall of 3.83 inches; we received 10.51 inches thus we are a head of the year by 5.09 inches. The forecast for July is hot, hot, and hot so this may dry us out; I hope. The normal rain fall for July is 3.9 inches and the total for year is 39.79 leaving us with only more 15 inches left for a normal year.
July has two full moons; One, July1 which is called the Full Buck Moon and the other on July 31 is called the Blue Moon. Read why it called the dog days of summer and what is behind the names of the full moons on The Farmer’s Almanac; http://farmersalmanac.com/astronomy/2013/07/15/julys-full-buck-moon/
Other tidbits the Japanese Beetles are back and misquotes if they are not here they are Continue reading
Coffee for Roses
…and 70 other Misleading Myths About Backyard Gardening
Coffee for Roses, …and 70 other Misleading Myths About Backyard Gardening, by C. L. Fornari, St. Lyons press, Pittsburg 2014: 146 pages. Reviewed by Kenneth Wilson “The Gardening Whisperer”.
This review is prepared to be on www.Gadeneningwhisperer.com C.L. Fornari is a writer, speaker, radio show host, and an avid plant person and blogger. She has written and talked about myths within the gardening and horticulture lore. Many of these myths have been passed along for a number of years. As see on pg. 88 “News Paper in 1913, Reports that Department of Agriculture’s bureau of soils was evaluating the loggerhead sponge for use as fertilizer”. Continue reading