Pollen Bathing

Helianthus annuus and Apis mellifera

“So the colors of flowers have evolved to ideally tickle the eyes of bees, and I think that’s a truly wondrous result. It means that beauty, as we know it, is not only in the eye of the beholder, it arises because of that eye.”

-Ed Yong

Helianthus annuus

Shaving Brush Tree

Pseudobombax ellipticum

Elongated acorns occupy branches once all the leaves fall in late winter.

Pseudobombax ellipticum

Pink blows up brown every night.

Pseudobombax ellipticum

Pseudobombax ellipticum

The Pseudobombax pollinator block party swarms for weeks. Can you hear the dembow?

Nymphaea

Naples Botanical Garden Nymphaea

Naples Botanical Garden Nymphaea

Victoria amazonica

Water Garden at the Naples Botanical Garden

Water Garden at the Naples Botanical Garden

Twenty-one hybridizers from around the world submit (via post due to COVID) new varieties for the International Waterlily & Water Gardening Society’s 2020 competition. Read more and see photos of the beautiful flowers here.