Morning Glory & Bees

First, the morning glory vines I transplanted are doing well, climbing and flowering on the bamboo poles I tied to the railing.  When I moved them, the soil they were growing in was so dry that it crumbled.  I essentially planted them as bare roots.  Their leaves drooped for a while, but they recovered.  The vines that you see in the photo below are from one plant.

morning glory growing on railing and bamboo poles by the steps

morning glory growing on railing and bamboo poles by the steps

The morning glory vines that I left growing in the cabbage patch continue to grow and flower.

morning glory "weeds" in the cabbage patch

morning glory “weeds” in the cabbage patch

You can see blackberry brambles on the trellis in the left background and some white cilantro and yellow dill flowers on the right.  There are a couple of marigold flowers in there as well.

morning glory climbing dill as well as the bamboo pole

morning glory climbing dill as well as the bamboo pole

Large bees were visiting the morning glory flowers around 11:00 this morning.

bee buried in a morning glory flower

bee buried in a morning glory flower

They were busy collecting pollen before the flowers close up in the afternoon.

bee, covered in pollen grains, on morning glory flower

bee, covered in pollen grains, on morning glory flower

This bee is about to fly off with a load of pollen grains.  They principally collect pollen on their hind legs, but this bee has pollen all over.  I originally thought this was a bumblebee, but it doesn’t seem hairy enough, it has no yellow or orange markings, and it seems to collect pollen by packing it into the hairs on its hind legs rather than the pollen basket that bumblebees have.  I now think this is a carpenter bee.

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