Flowers

Flowers bloom year ’round, here in Houston. Spring wildflowers are blooming, now, and the bees are happy. A bumblebee tried to whisper in my ear, yesterday- “Avoid the butterflies,” he said. “They’re flighty.” “Sure, but you’re a bumbling bee, so you shouldn’t be so critical.” I ducked like a nimble prizefighter as the round little Read More …

A Touch of Early Spring

It stands tall, on tip-toe roots, as if it wants to kiss the sun. Its branches, crimson-dotted, stretch out wide, as if to embrace a touch of early spring – they encroach on the neighbor’s rain gutters and must be pruned now and then to prevent them scratching the tops of our cars, and now Read More …

Bees & Assassins in the Back Yard

This little red assassin bug (left) is considered “highly beneficial” despite its sinister name.  It eats other insects that are considered “pests.” Although its bite can be painful, it isn’t toxic or dangerous to humans. Bees, too, are important to our survival. That doesn’t stop me, normally, from doing a frenzied sort of dance-and-run-while-screaming routine Read More …