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Last season I ramped up my brugmansia hybridizing efforts using brugmansias with mutant and deeply serrated foliage.  The results of those...

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Sommer Gardens / Friday, July 22, 2011 / Categories: Hybridizing, Brugmansia, Garden Pests

A busy bee attempts some summer hybridizing

Now that our summer heat has settled in I have completely given up on attempting to make any new Brugmansia crosses until fall.  Meanwhile this busy bee has arrived for a quick drink and perhaps an inadvertent attempt to pollinate this bloom.
bee.jpgI'm sure the nectar from this bloom is quite refreshing on this hot summer day.
bee-2.jpgIt's cool the way its little legs are laden with pollen.  I have lots of great blooms open now so if the bee does manage to create a successful cross, the outcome could be special.
bee-3.jpgThis bee looks mighty comfy perched on a group of anthers.  I missed the shot of the bee visiting the stigma prior to entering the corolla tube.

With all the bees I had buzzing around the blooms this spring, I'm surprised at how few rogue seed pods I have harvested so far this season.
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