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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 Peterson 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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Relaxing in the Back Garden

Posted by mrssmythe on July 16, 2018 in Garden |

At this point in the growing season, I’ve fallen behind. Things need to be weeded, staked, and dead-headed. I need more mulch. The lawn clamors for attention and the containers on the porch need to be watered. I don’t think I ever end a day with my to-do list completely finished. It can be frustrating. […]

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Some Sensible Choices

Posted by mrssmythe on July 9, 2018 in Baking, Celebrations, Garden, Out & About, Week in Review |

Did you enjoy your Fourth of July? Ours was boiling hot. We opted to be sensible rather than patriotic and went to see a movie instead of a parade. I can only imagine how hot and sweaty all of the parade-goers were that day. It was beastly And, I kept thinking of all of the people […]

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