My Garden Notes – Native Plants & Wildlife

Today is a rainy day at home.  We are eating good food, enjoying our hobbies, and later watching movies. I was researching more about native plants for our garden and came across this website where you can enter your zip code and see a list of native plants to grow in your area. Native Plant…

My Garden Notes – Five Year Record Book

I love this beautiful book.  Now I can keep track of all the new things I learn about my garden.  I can keep notes about plants like I started doing on my blog.  As well as notes about the weather, tasks, and wildlife sightings. “With freedom, flowers, books, and the moon, who could not be…

My Garden Notes – Irises

I saw these gorgeous irises at Whole Foods yesterday.  I had to take a picture of them to share.  Iris is the Greek word for rainbow and there are 300 species of iris. 😸 Blue flag iris is native to the northeast.  I will look for them at the native plant sale, as the ornamental…

My Garden Notes – Comfrey

My aunt gave me comfrey and I have it growing in different areas of my garden. Bees love the flowers. It’s also a great fertilizer and also helps improve the soil, as I have a lot of clay here and it helps to break it up.

My Garden Notes – 12 Reasons I Love Gardening

12 Reasons I love gardening- Good exercise. Inspires joy. Grow healthy food. Sunshine Fresh air. Contribute to aging well. Fun lessons. Creativity Connect with nature, self, & others. Transforming a brown thumb to green thumb. Wildlife watching. Playing in the dirt.  

My Garden Notes – Spring Cleaning

I cleaned up a section of my garden and mulched this week.  I added my new sunflower spinner. 🌻  It was half price at a local craft store that’s closing.  I like to work in my garden a little at a time.  I have about 7 or 8 more sections to rake leaves and mulch. …

My Garden Notes – Cardinal Flower

This is cardinal flower, a Pennsylvania native wildflower. I saw this growing in the wild on a hike by the Lehigh River in 2013. When I saw it at the native plant sale, I knew I had to have it in my garden. Unfortunately a hail storm damaged the plant and it didn’t grow back….

My Garden Notes – Foxglove Beardtongue

Hi there, welcome back to my blog.😊  I’ll be posting more about my garden in the coming months.  It’s my favorite place to be in the Spring and Summer. This beautiful flower is called Foxglove Beardtongue and I first saw it along our favorite walking path a couple of years ago.  It’s a native wildflower…

Butterflies Love Native Plants

Since my last blog post about watching butterflies, I have seen a new butterfly on the Boneset everyday.  I’m sure Boneset attracts more butterflies than a Butterfly Bush.  The native insects prefer native plants and even though Butterfly Bush looks really pretty, it’s not native. These little Skippers love the Lobelia. This is the last…

Lobelia and Heliopsis

I have new wildflowers blooming in my native plant garden. I picked up both of these this Spring at Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve during their plant sale.  This is Blue Lobelia. And this is Heliopsis. They are easy to care for because they are in their native environment.  They are the easiest type of flowering…