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Starting Seeds – March 28, 2020

“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.” – Robert Louis Stevenson Yesterday I started some seeds.  Milkweed & purple bee balm for my native plant garden.  I also treated myself to blue zinnias.  I can’t wait to enjoy them and take photos. The flower above is from…

Spring Showers

🧚‍♀️”April showers bring may flowers.”🧚‍♀️   “The richness of the rain made me feel safe and protected; I have always considered the rain to be healing—a blanket—the comfort of a friend. Without at least some rain in any given day, or at least a cloud or two on the horizon, I feel overwhelmed by the…

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 – 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…

Wild Garden💙

“I don’t like formal gardens. I like wild nature. It’s just the wilderness instinct in me, I guess.” -Walt Disney

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…

Butterfly Gardening

One thing I loved learning about while visiting the State Parks was butterfly gardens.  I’m looking forward to certifying my garden.  The requirements are 3 butterfly nectar food sources, 3 native caterpillar food plants, and no pesticides used. Yay!  I love that we have never used pesticides.  I plant certain herbs to keep mosquitoes at…

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…