Hat Trick

Hat trick: three successes of the same kind, especially consecutive ones within a limited period.

Three honeybees, working the glorious goodness of Frostweed, Verbesina virginica, focused only on their goal of nectar gathering, offered zero attention–no buzzes, no curious fly-bys–to the human with three eyes as she bumbled through the garden.

This time of year, the second spring of Central Texas, when autumn perennials burst forward in floral song, after the hot summer and before winter’s chill, it’s not at all challenging to find pollinator hat tricks working varieties of lush perennials, which dispense both food and beauty, necessities for hearts and souls. Change is palpable: shorter days, cooler temperatures, and optimism for the future.

Linking with Anna and the lovely Wednesday Vignette, it’s all about telling garden stories.

13 thoughts on “Hat Trick

  1. Tina – I think my cat deleted the comment you made on my blog. Sorry – he stepped on the touch pad when I went to let him out. LOL! I’ll just respond to it here. It does look a little like a university campus, doesn’t it?


  2. Tina the photo of Frostweed with her three bees eating I love it. It must be wonderful to have a second spring where you live: flowers and more flowers and pollinators, I love it. Enjoy your flowery garden. Tina I love your phrase “… and optimism for the future.” That should be everyone’s attitude to live with Covid and overcome it. Keep your husband and you safe and sound. Take good care of both of you. Very affectionate greetings from Margarita.


      • Tina I am very happy that you have good weather to enjoy your wonderful garden and its flowers. You are on my mind. Keep your husband and you safe and sound. Very affectionate greetings from Margarita.


  3. It’s gray and cloudy here this morning, with a splash of rain, so your photos are especially pleasing. The hat tricks I especially enjoy are multiple pollinator species on one flower; share and share alike seems to work out just fine in their world — at least, sometimes!


  4. My frostweed was doing great business with the pollinators. I did hack some of it back because mine gets very tall and then leans over, shading other things out.


    • Misti, I prune back my frostweed (and goldeneye) by one-third to one-half, at least once in summer, preferably twice–kind of depends on our rainfall. That way, once the blooms happen, the plants aren’t so tall and flop-overable. 🙂 The frostweed are really easy to control that way; they end up quite stalwart and firm, simply towering over other perennials with those frothy blooms. I’m less successful with the goldeneye as they have a growth spurt in August and I’m grumpy and hot, so they still tend to flop. This year, it’s been okay because we’ve had no heavy rain, so they’ve mostly retained their form.


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