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…

Butterfly Watching

Betty Boop and I watched butterflies enjoying the Boneset on Tuesday during my coffee break.  It was amazing, and at one point we counted 5 all at once, including a Zebra Swallowtail.  Have you ever seen a Zebra Swallowtail before?  They are really beautiful!   I also saw the doe and fawn that have been…

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…

Native plants, Clovers, & Strawberry Picking

We picked out some new wildflowers for the garden: Ox-eye, Blazing Star, Blue Lobelia, & Obedient Plant. I just love the beautiful names of wildflowers. Native plants don’t need pesticides which is good for the environment.  Plus they don’t have to be watered once established and they attract beneficial insects to your garden. Before we…

Asters & Owls

My New England Asters are blooming.  Lately, I have been hearing Great Horned Owls and Screech Owls in the woods near my house.  Screech owls are so darn cute! I have also been enjoying local apples and pears.  They are so inexpensive right now.  I made oatmeal with chopped pears and maple syrup.  It was…