in the heart of a flower
Tags: bee, bumblebee, cucumber, flavored honey, flower, honey, honeybee, kitchen garden, nectar, pollination, varietal honey, victory garden, vines, vintage, wine
Category: Flowers, Foliage, Insects, Pollinators
Do you suppose each flower visited is unique to the busy bee? Does she pause to savor a particular bouquet or the perfect, delicate curve of a petal, or is it something like the Dunkin’ Donuts guy’s attitude? Time to go gather the pollen again….
She drinks nectar endlessly, carries it back to the hive over and over and over and over. The hive may be six miles away from where my camera found her. I’m guessing the nectar from each species of plant tastes slightly differently, based on the way honey tastes differently, depending on whether the bees sipped predominantly from heather or lavender, orange blossoms or fireweed. But do the individual blossoms of a plant taste differently? I’m inclined to think so. Sometimes you’ll see a bee return over and over to a particular flower, and this bee could not get enough of this cucumber blossom.
Light, dewy, refreshing, not too dry nor too fruity, complex and sophisticated, made for the discerning palate and perfect for the hottest days of the summer. Kitchen garden vintage, available August 11th, 2009, peak drinkability 10:00 a.m. to noon.
[…] bouquets and the hallmarks of distinct vintages, rather like human wines, which reminds me of a post I did about bee nectar vintages way back during the first week of this blog’s existence, and still one of my favorite […]