Honoring Rosarian Miriam Wilkins
Do old roses only bloom once?

A Bee Moment

Bee-in-Rose


un(bee)mo

vi
n(in)g
are(th
e)you(o
nly)

asl(rose)eep

e.e. cummings, 1894-1962


I hope you can take the time to decipher this clever poem– it took me awhile. This bee was definitely not sleeping, and it certainly woke me up. I was focusing on this tiny (the photo is a little bigger than life-size) bloom of 'Rouletii' and suddenly, what seemed to be a gigantic bee zoomed into the rose (and viewfinder)! I clicked and clicked--this is the only one that worked. I was especially surprised, because this rose is a fairly unlikely pollen receptacle- the anthers are few and teeny, and pretty much covered by petals.

November 9

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