Just Bee-cause…

I don’t usually do photography posts at the weekend but as this week’s image challenge of The Daily Post is ‘Close-Up’ and I’m weeks away from tackling purple as part of the Rainbowfication Chronicles, I’m putting this out there!

I do like a bit of macro photography and I like bees even more, so I decided I’d share these shots of busy little bumbles, two of about 40 bees that I hastily snapped on my lavender a couple of days ago.

I’m sure I’ll do a post in the near future on my love of bees and how to encourage them into your garden, but for now, meet Bertie and Benedict! (I actually think they’re the same bee!)

Image Credits: All my own – Taken on an iPhone. 🙂

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I have a plant named Khaleesi…

I have a plant named Khaleesi…

Probably a slightly odd thing to let the world know as a first post, but as I knocked into her the other day and apologised to the Mother of Dragons, I realised that I, myself, was slightly odd. I was apologising to a PLANT.

Why is she called Khaleesi? Because she’s a dragon palm of course! Plus, I have a healthy obsession with all things Game of Thrones – but I’ll leave that for another post.


I began thinking of all the other plants I’ve named in (and outside) the house and discovered there’s a fictional character / celebrity theme running amok. There’s Bob, the rubber tree plant, after Bob Hope. Mistakenly, I thought he sang ‘High hopes’, with the line, “…oops there goes another rubber tree plant!” But apparently it was ol’ blue eyes, Frank Sinatra. Maybe Frank can be the plant’s middle name…

Then there’s Cotton, after Fearne, UK TV and radio presenter, funny lady and creator of fashion loveliness. (Yes, it’s a fern, I’m nothing if not original!).


Padme – A ‘Princess Amalia’ (sounds like AmiDALA right?), Faulty, a lovely bit of basil, Tyrell, a healthy marjoram bush (‘Throners’ will get this) and Lion (no, not another GoT reference, this is for ‘Parsley the___ ‘ as in children’s 70s/ 80s tv show The Herbs).

Oh, and an area of the garden referred to as Desperate Housewives corner, where the wisteria grows…

But there are many other, nameless beauties, because, like with everything else, naming them was probably a fad! Which makes me quite sad, as I think everything has feelings and I worry I’ve upset them by preventing them monikers. Told you I was a bit strange!

So do you name your plants, aside from the common / latin names they’re given? Or anything else unusual you feel necessary to personify? Do share if you do, so I don’t feel quite as bonkers!

Haylee x