This Week’s Garden Visitors

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…

Backyard Entomology

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,…

Caterpillar Happenings and a Return to Knitting

This week, I’ve been thinking a lot about caterpillars. We found a monarch caterpillar in the hydrangeas getting ready to spin its chrysalis about ten days ago. By the time we’d finished dinner, it had finished the job. Since then, it has weathered several…

A Snake in the Garden and a Cat on the Couch

Ugh. Can you see the snake in the photo above? Right there under the pot. That’s his little head poking out. He’s not very large, but he was large enough to startle me ┬áthis past week when I was picking cherry tomatoes. I think…