Tag Archives: insects

This Week in my Garden

This week in my garden Asters are still the stars in the autumn garden–this is New England Aster-formerly known as Aster novae-angliae and is now Symphyotrichum novae-angliae.  The most colorful and best known of the species asters, its intense purple flowers bloom from early September until the end of October.  Growing 3-4’ tall, in the […]

Build It and They Will Come

Build It and They Will Come Bees and Butterflies are Back, Baby  Bees and especially butterflies were scarce last year, but they have made a spectacular comeback this summer, at least in my gardens.  All the rain of early summer promoted robust growth of my prairie plants and the insects are deliriously happy. This is […]

WHERE HAVE ALL THE BUTTERFLIES GONE

WHERE HAVE ALL THE BUTTERFLIES GONE? That’s the question that’s been going around the web blogasphere within the past week–I’ve received two of them. This magnificent Black Swallowtail visited my garden yesterday afternoon. This beautiful creature has been visiting my garden for a few days now, but I can’t ID it.  Is it a butterfly […]

PLANT MILKWEED

  LETS PLANT MILKWEED!!! Recently, Wild Ones posted the following monarch update on the Wild Ones Facebook page:  We are trying to harness the power of the Internet and Facebook to help save our Monarchs.  Please share this information with your members and ask everyone to send this information to their friends and family.  Also, […]

Returning Birds

For lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone The flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come, and the voice of the turtles is heard in our land. Song of Solomon 2:11-12   2ND WEEK IN MARCH Returning Birds   In 1948, Paul Müller of […]

More on Butterflies

  The caterpillars of Swallowtails eat only the leaves of Umbelliferous plants such as Golden Alexanders (Zizea aurea), Angelica, Queen Anne’s Lace, Coriander, Dill, and Parsley; one year I had 2 caterpillars eat all the leaves off a potted parsley plant next to my back door.  (I wish I had taken a picture.)   Sulfur […]

Monarch Butterflies and Milkweed

    MORE ON BUTTERFLIES     Everyone knows that Monarch butterflies only lay their eggs on members of the milkweed genus and their caterpillars only eat milkweed leaves. There are, however, several species of milkweed that are more suited to gardens than the common roadside milkweed (Asclepias syriaca). If any of you have seen […]

What Does Our Ecosystem Provide for Us?

WHAT DOES OUR ECOSYSTEM PROVIDE FOR US? Captures the sun’s energy Makes oxygen Creates soil Infiltrates water Cleans water Cleans air Pollinates crops Recycles garbage Sequesters carbon Provides food and shelter Provides medications We receive all this for free. and we take it for granted. There are 129,000,000 acres of housing in the US 4 […]