Garden Visitors

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…

Technicolor 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…

The First Tiger Swallowtail of Summer

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….

More Signs of Fall…

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….