Behold, the Bachelor’s Button…(aka Cornflower)

One of my favorite garden plants this season has been the Bachelor’s Buttons – aka Cornflowers. I used to read novels (usually romance novels) in which characters were described as having “cornflower blue eyes”. I never knew what that meant until I started gardening…

Fair Isle Progress, the First Butterfly, and a Traveling Nest

The fair isle sweater continues to cook along swimmingly. Here is my progress as of last week. I think it’s interesting how the colors in the sweater echo the colors I’m seeing in my yard right now. The purple of the irises… and of…

Moving Into Fall…

Well, I would say Fall has truly arrived here in Western Massachusetts. We’re starting to see some beautiful colors, though the warm weather lingers. And, continued warm weather means continued flowers. My hydrangeas are still putting out blooms… …and the zinnias remain colorful and…

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,…