Puschkinia scilloides-Striped Squill

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It’s a funny name for a cute little flower and I have a lot of them coming up right now.  When I was photographing them, I noticed a little bee buzzing among the flowers.  It looked different than the regular honeybee, so I tried to capture it…photographically, of course!  It had long antennae and was smaller than a honeybee.  Doing a little research, I tentatively placed it with the long-horned bees-tribe Eucerini.  They are solitary, native bees and I’m excited that they’re in my garden.  I love to sit and watch the bees in the garden, the quieter I sit, the more I see…

I was inspired by this tiny burst of spring (we had snow the next day) so I sculpted a small stem of striped squill as a remembrance of the day.  It you’re in the Chicago area, join in the fun and sign up for my polymer clay class at the Morton Arboretum.  We’ll be learning about flowers and sculpting them…it starts on Thursday, April 24, 2014.

Dreaming of Spring Striped Squill  © 2014 Karen A Johnson

Dreaming of Spring-Striped Squill
© 2014 Karen A Johnson

Dreaming of Spring Striped Squill-detail © 2014 Karen A Johnson

Dreaming of Spring- Striped Squill-detail
© 2014 Karen A Johnson

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