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Little Flowers Can Have a Big Impact

Last week’s blog entry by Dawn Pettinelli was devoted to National Pollinators Week, stressing the importance of pollinators and their ecosystems. Between the vegetable garden, the flower beds, and the hanging baskets there is no lack of bright, beautiful flowers in our yard that have bees, butterflies, and other insects flying among them. 705 more words

Bumble Bees

The Grassy Knoll - revisted

Slogging about the mire and mud which has captured our lawn, I caught a bit of sunshine illuminating the lemon grass.

The lemon grass was one of several plants we brought home one fine day almost two years ago. 392 more words


When it comes to plants one’s trash is another’s treasure

A weed to one person can be a beautiful flower or table delicacy to someone else. I can think of numerous plants that fit that bill. 495 more words


Darling Joe

Nothing is quite as pleasantly surprising as receiving a shipment you ordered back in December and totally forgot about.  Five Joe-Peye Weed plants (Eupatorium fistulosus) came in the mail today, and I can’t wait to introduce them to their new boggy environment.


A Splash of Color for Winter Weary Eyes!

Cosmos bipinatus

In preparation for the upcoming season of programs that I give, which are centered around designing gardens to support pollinators, one of my jobs is to refresh and update the photos that are an integral part of the presentation. 72 more words


Do I Know You?

It is a fine September for viewing the beauty of the natural world. Butterflies are flying, topped by Monarchs reappearing in Doak field. In this Southwestern Pennsylvania field, wildflowers are everywhere. 186 more words

Raccoon Creek State Park, PA

Tell Me a Story, Tell Me a Story . . .

It was the very end of September, the 28th, in the year 2014. Millions of folks east of the Mississippi were bemoaning the near total absence of Monarch butterflies ( 291 more words

Raccoon Creek State Park, PA