Today, I spent the afternoon with my dear friend, Ellen. She invited me to have lunch at her lovely home and enjoy her beautiful pool and hot-tub. We had such a wonderful afternoon catching up while floating on two over-sized lounge chairs in her kidney shaped pool.
It’s hard for me to relax sometimes, but I’m always so comfortable at Ellen’s house. She is an amazing host. At one point this afternoon, I became distracted by the most beautiful display of flowers all around her backyard. When I asked if I could take some photos for my blog, she graciously took me around the house to see every plant arrangement up close while explaining how her husband tends to each one, keeping the flowers magnificently robust with his green thumb.
These flowers reminded me of one of the first lessons I taught to a class of second graders as their student-teacher. I was still in college doing my practicum when I was asked to prepare a Science lesson about bees and pollination. Believe it or not, I created a faux flowering plant with art paper to use as a simulated activity for the students to act as bees. (I remember it took me hours to write up this lesson.)
During the lesson, I read a story about bees. I used a poster to teach about the 3 body parts (head, thorax, and abdomen; thus making it an “insect”). The book also explained how bees help pollinate the flowers by drinking nectar with their proboscis (a straw-like mouth). While they are doing so, they are inadvertently gathering pollen on their furry legs and bodies, therefore aiding in the process of pollination.
I managed to glue small Dixie cups in the over-sized fake flowers and fill them with apple juice. I sprinkled chalk dust on the petals of the flower. Then, the students took turns with a straw drinking the juice from the flower and touching the dust on the petals. This helped them understand exactly what the bees do when they see BEE CANDY.
Thankfully, Ellen and I had a perfect afternoon free from pesky insects. I almost forgot that Ellen actually LOVES insects….maybe as much as cars! She is the epitome of an extraordinary woman!
Oh, we did have a few blue dragonflies that must have been attracted to our blue nail polish because he kept hanging out with us. In time, Ellen had me making friends with it! (That’s a first for me.)
Sorry, I don’t have any pics of the dragonfly…or my beautiful friend, Ellen. However, I did capture several magnificent photos of the bee candy all around her home. I hope you enjoy them.
Do you like the pictures? Can you identify any of these flowers? Which one is your favorite?