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This Week’s Garden Visitors

Posted by mrssmythe on September 10, 2018 in Critters, Garden |

Here’s something I’ve never seen…a chicken’s egg laid in weather so hot, it became hard boiled. That gives you an idea of the extreme heat we’ve had this year. Not non-stop heat, thankfully, but enough to make me glad to see the return of cooler temperatures. The garden hasn’t seemed to mind the heat too […]

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The Humane Gardener

Posted by mrssmythe on August 29, 2018 in Critters, Garden |

Here’s an interesting book: And the author’s website – The Humane Gardener – is equally interesting. Warning – you may find yourself rethinking the kinds of flowers, shrubs, and trees you’ve been planting in your yard. Also, be prepared to have some of your ideas about the animals and insect “pests” you’ve been battling challenged. […]

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Backyard Entomology

Posted by mrssmythe on August 21, 2018 in Critters, Garden |

It’s been a good week for spotting insects. With so much in bloom, the yard is alive with flying and crawling things. I’m often at a loss to name the insects I see, but I have a┬áPeterson First Guide to Butterflies and Moths and, with that in hand, I’m trying to become more familiar with […]

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Breakfast, Bees, and Wasp Nests

Posted by mrssmythe on August 14, 2018 in Critters, Garden |

We’re starting to get quite a crowd at the feeders in the mornings. We have one red squirrel, in particular, who is very vocal and quick to chase away anyone he considers to be a threat. The birds and chipmunks tolerate him to some extent, sneaking in whenever they think he isn’t looking. Meanwhile, the […]

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Late Summer in the Garden

Posted by mrssmythe on August 6, 2018 in Critters, Garden |

I think late summer is my favorite time in the garden. So many of my favorite flowers really come into their own in late summer. The yard is filled with color and happy pollinators. Finches land on the zinnias. I love to just sit out on the front porch and watch all of the comings […]

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