Inspecting the vegetable garden

My neighbor was complaining about the cucumbers in her garden. She has two species from different seeds; one full of flowers, bees and foliage but no cucumbers on it and the other, just the stem with a few leave but full of cucumbers.
As I have no idea of growing vegetables, I couldn't comment much on the subject.
To be honest, my main concern was to take some photos of those bees and vegetables (shame on me).
Bee on cucumber flower
Cucumber flowers
Looking at the garden, I couldn't understand why are all these flowers planted among vegetables? I thought it's a leak of her imagination that vegetables and flowers are not planted in separate areas. I was wrong, of course, and I've learned a very complicated lesson about companion planting.
Companion plants
"Companion planting is the planting of different crops in proximity (in gardening and agriculture), on the theory that they assist each other in nutrient uptake, pest control, pollination, and other factors necessary to increasing crop productivity."
They are beautiful companions, indeed.
Snapdragon-Antirrhinum macro
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Al said...

I agree with companion planting and it happens with all the plants, like human they need company to feel happy and productive.

Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Good Evening Sweet Friend...
What a beautiful share you have. I love the flower with the bee, but the plants and flower photos are all just gorgeous. Your neighbor has a very green thumb because her garden is ezquisite. Everything looks so happy.

Thank you for sharing with me this evening. Country hugs sweetie...Sherry

Petrinetrollmor said...

Very scenic indeed !

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Judy said...

I love the way the sunlight glows through the petals in the second photo!!

Noel Morata said...


i enjoyed your scenic sunday post, its a really beautiful flowers, the pictures are really nice and sharp

my scenic post is on my sari sari blog today

Anonymous said...

I did not know about "companion planting", but it makes a lot of sense. Beautiful, vivid images.

Ann, Chen Jie Xue 陈洁雪 said...

I have not heard of male and female cucumbers, may be the one with flowers is a male.

I used to grow them, so did my parents. I didn't encounter one without any fruit.

Sara Chapman said...

Perhaps the cuke with only flowers has not really gotten going yet. Great photos. And yes, companion planting is an old and useful custom. There's a lot of info on the web on it. If you garden for food especially it's very worthwhile.

Splendid Little Stars said...

gorgeous flowers! such wonderful shots!

Biana said...

Wonderful shots! Really beautiful flowers

Joanne Olivieri said...

These are absolutely magnificent.

Dani said...

very beautiful flowers. You captured them very well. My fave is the cucumber flower.

Rosie Nixon Fluerty said...

Your friend has the right idea with companion planting - its really useful for particular vegetables. Great photos from a lovely garden.

Janie said...

Beautiful photo of the bee on the yellow flower. I like the idea of planting flowers in the veggie garden.

SquirrelQueen said...

The bee looks very happy with the cucumber bloom even if there are no cucumbers. I can grow most any kind of flower but when it comes to veggies I have no luck at all.

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