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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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Henbit

Posted by mrssmythe on May 11, 2016 in Garden |

Kudos to Aunt Barb who correctly identified the purple weed in our lawn as belonging to the mint family. I had no idea you could identify mints by their square stems. Now I know. Thank you, Aunt Barb! A bit more research yielded the name of our botanical visitor. It’s “Henbit” – a weed that […]

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Borage and other Surprises

Posted by mrssmythe on September 2, 2014 in Garden, On the Home Front |

Now that I’m running around in the backyard, trying to tire Kipper out, I’m spotting all sorts of botanical “surprises” I’d missed before. Like borage. It’s everywhere! Popping up next to shrubs, in the wildflower garden, in the containers on my patio…. Not that that’s a bad thing. Borage is fabulous for bees and a great companion plant […]

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