Bells are Ringing

No, not royal wedding bells you may have guessed after this past Sunday’s events across the ocean, but Bells of Ireland, Molucella laevis, also known as shell flower. Inspired by one of Suzanne’s blog posts to start a new flower bed, I revived a flower bed by the front curb that had gone to grass and instead planted lots of seeds from here and there. This particular flower bed is across the street from one of our neighborhood mailbox clusters, so am hoping it will bring delight to neighbors as they collect their mail and inspire them to plant some flowers also, as well as provide a way-station for pollinators. Already spotted a green bee this morning stopping in for breakfast. Was delightfully wrong about Bells of Ireland, as thought they would not grow. Placed behind zinnias that started blooming early, the Bells of Ireland are expected to keep ringing and getting taller and the plan is to let them dry out and maybe use them in a flower arrangement, who knows? And to think they were almost mistaken as a weed and pulled out early on in their growth.

Have heard fresh Bells of Ireland can be a bit tricky to use in flower arrangements because they will bend towards the light, which can be an issue if you placed the flowers in an arrangement early just so and what you think is perfection and it is a few hours before the judges see it. Reminded me of tulips that keep growing in all directions when put in arrangements. Such errant behavior by flowers in arrangements may just improve it and make it more noteworthy.

Anyone know what the pink flower below is? I think the seeds were in an envelope labeled tall, red, and long lasting before being planted in the same flower bed as the Bells of Ireland. It is neither red, or tall, being about 6 inches tall.

Is the bug a friendly wasp? It was quite small, around 0.5 inches.

What do you have growing pretty in your yard?

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