Bee Balm

“Every flower is a soul blossoming in nature.” -Gerard De Nerval Hummingbirds and hummingbird moths really enjoy the bee balm. ❤️

Stick Caterpillar

This is a stick caterpillar that’s been hanging out on the obedient plant for several days.  It’s one of the coolest insects I’ve seen in my garden yet!  I wonder if this is a host plant they commonly feed on?! This is the kind of awesomeness we get to see since we don’t use pesticides. …

Purple Flowering Raspberry

This is one of my prettiest native wildflowers.  Remember to check out what plants are native in your area and consider adding some to your garden this summer. Native Plant Database

Bee Bath

Honeybees need sources of water to drink and collect for their hives.  They can easily drown in deep water and a bee bath provides a safe spot for them to sit.  This is a super easy project.  All that is needed is a shallow container and rocks or other materials.  Find a good spot in…

Love My Native Plant Garden

All of my native plants are growing nicely.  I moved the blazing star from a pot on my deck to the ground next to the boneset.  It didn’t grow much last year, so I’m hoping it will thrive in it’s native soil.  The swamp rose mallow needs to be moved as well because the deer…

Healthy Yards

A healthy yard is free of toxins and has a diversity of insects.  Last year, we left the leaves and planted more native plants. We also let parts of our yard grow wild so there is less of a lawn. One way to know your yard is healthy is seeing a lot of birds successfully…

Bees

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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…