Garden Visitors

Posted by mrssmythe on August 6, 2017 in CPT's Lens, Critters, Garden, Photography |

August is the big month for flowers in my garden…which means it’s also the big month for pollinators. I’ve been thrilled this year to see so many bees and butterflies, and I get a kick out of just sitting on the porch, watching everything coming and going. I tried to photograph some of our visitors […]

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Technicolor Garden

Posted by mrssmythe on August 27, 2015 in Garden |

In the eighties, Lois Ehlert wrote and illustrated a children’s book that talked about how she and her mother “planted a rainbow” every year. They planted bulbs. They planted seeds. They planted seedlings from the garden center, and all with the intent of reproducing every color of the rainbow in flower form. Nothing exotic. Nothing difficult […]

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The First Tiger Swallowtail of Summer

Posted by mrssmythe on July 28, 2015 in Critters, Garden |

Today, we saw our first Eastern Tiger Swallowtail of the season. It was hanging around the butterfly bush in the front yard, looking fresh and dainty despite all of the thick heat. I say “thick heat” because that is exactly how the air felt. Thick. It was incredibly humid – one of those days where just […]

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More Signs of Fall…

Posted by mrssmythe on September 16, 2014 in Crafting, Garden, Seasons |

There are many ways (besides the ever present pumpkin) to tell that Fall is on its way. I’ve been keeping a mental list this week, and here’s what I’ve come up with: 1. In the shops, patio furniture is now on clearance and boots have replaced sandals. 2. The donuts have changed their sprinkles. 3. Pepper has pulled out […]

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