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…

Wildflower Bouquet

I made this Wildflower Bouquet using wildflowers growing in the woods around my home.  I also used some native plants from my garden: Tall White Aster White Snakeroot Garlic Chive Flowers Oxeye Goldenrod New England Aster

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…

Hummingbird Moth

I was so happy to see this beautiful creature visit my wildflower garden and enjoy the Bee Balm.

Dragonfly

I love this picture I took of a dragonfly on the Bee Balm after the storm.