Western Mountains and High Plains
A Biography of Honey
If you are a connoisseur of honey like me, you will enjoy Robbing the Bees: A Biography of Honey, The Sweet Liquid Gold That Seduced the World, by Holley Bishop (Free Press; $24.00). This book explores the natural science, myths, and facts about bees and honey for the layperson. The author has experience in keeping bees, and describes why she did it, what she learned, and the joys and mishaps she experienced along the way. Illustrations, drawings, and photographs highlight the text, along with historical quotes, and a collection of recipes.
Favorite or New Plant
Blue Mist Spirea
Though it is not a true spirea, the arching branches of blue mist spirea (Caryopteris) give it a very similar appearance. When other shrubs have stopped blooming, the light to dark blue blossoms emerge on the blue mist spirea from late summer to early fall. It is favorite of honeybees and other pollinators, so keep this in mind when locating the shrub. Combine with late summer and fall-blooming perennials including asters and tall sedums. Blue mist spirea does best in full sun and well-drained soils.